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What You Should Do When Water Damages Your Company's Electronics

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

Breaker box with the word CUT THE POWER! Turn off the switch or circuit breaker before unplugging the items

Ways to Restore Damaged Devices

When water damage occurs in your Las Vegas, NV, office, you may be worried about your computers and tablets. After all, they have numerous important documents stored within them. Flooded electronics can thus be costly for your business.
All hope is not lost, however. There are ways to restore damaged devices. Start by following the below steps.

1. Protect Yourself
Water and electricity do not mix. Avoid touching the wires or devices while wearing wet clothes or standing in water.
2. Turn Off Power
Any wired devices should be disconnected from their power sources as soon as it is safe to do so. Ideally, you should turn off the switch or circuit breaker before unplugging the items.
3. Beware of Hot Batteries
Battery-powered devices can be dangerous, too. Avoid touching devices that are smoking, bubbling, melting, or bulging, as these could be signs of a chemical or fire hazard.
4. Power Down and Shake the Device
If it is safe to touch the flooded electronics, power them down to avoid additional damage. Try shaking and rotating any damaged handheld devices to eliminate excess fluid. You should also remove the battery if you can.

Repairing Your Device
You may have heard that soaking wet devices in rice can save them from water damage. However, rice does not remove contaminants that may be present in floodwater. Instead, your best bet is having the circuit breaker thoroughly cleaned. This is a complex job that should be performed by electronic damage professionals.
These experts will start by soaking the logic board in alcohol for further cleaning. They can then use a soft brush to remove any debris. The professionals may also dry the circuit board with a desk lamp or hairdryer before putting the device back together.
Flooded electronics can still be salvaged. Just keep yourself safe and let restoration experts bring the devices back to life.

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