We’ve all been there.
It’s 8 o’clock on a Thursday night, and you’re kicking back on the sofa with a glass of wine, as you casually browse the internet or finish off a bit of work. Netflix is on in the background while your laptop sits happily in front of you. All is well. But then, in the blink of an eye, disaster strikes.
There’s nothing worse than that horrible moment of spilling on your laptop. It always seems to happen in slow motion, too, as you try to prevent the accident in a scene that could slot right into a blockbuster action movie. Of course, you’re always just a second too slow.
But there’s no need to panic or cry out in despair, because we’re going to tell you exactly what to do when you spill liquid on your laptop.
Step One: Get It Dry!
Water and electricity don’t exactly mix well. In fact, if you don’t react to the spillage, then a broken laptop could well be the least of your worries.
Before you do anything, you need to unplug the laptop and dry off any wetness on the power cord. Once the obvious health and safety issue is dealt with, you should unplug any external devices that might be connected to the machine- such as a mouse or hard-drive.
Then it’s just a simple case of grabbing a towel and wiping down the laptop’s exterior. Keyboard. Screen. The works. After that’s done, open the laptop fully and hold it upside down for a few minutes to rinse out any excess liquid, then give it one last wipe down.
When it’s completely dry, you’re now ready for the moment of truth; plug back in, power up and maybe say a little prayer or two.
Step Two: Take It Apart
If those prayers go unanswered and your laptop remains unresponsive, then it’s time to open the laptop up a bit. Obviously, you should only do this if it’s easy to do on your particular machine, because you certainly don’t want to cause further damage and void the warranty.
We recommend removing the battery first of all, then leaving this out to dry on a towel for a while. If the issues still persist, then you may need to remove other components with a screwdriver. Again, you should only do this if you’re completely confident in what you’re doing.
Step Three: Bring It In For Repair
When the water damage appears to have killed your laptop, you might be tempted to start digging its grave and preparing a few final words. However, this isn’t the end yet.
If the above steps haven’t worked, then we recommend bring the laptop in for repair. When being handled by an expert team, your machine stands a very good chance of being resuscitated at the last moment. Whether it’s water, wine or any other kind of liquid, a nasty spillage doesn’t necessarily mean the end for your laptop.
But you’ll need to find the best computer repairs Brisbane has to offer if you want to bring your laptop back to life. Contact Above IT if you’d like to learn more about our services and how we can help with any water-damage!