If Your Apple Mac Fell in Water
Your Apple Mac laptop fell in water. It was completely submerged and even worse, you are pretty sure it wasn’t clean water. It was in there for a few seconds. Does it exist any possibility to resuscitate your beloved electronic device?
Well, unfortunately the answer will not sound very optimistic, so don’t be too hopeful. But you can always try and see if the computer survives the drama.
Remove the battery (if possible, but if not, ask for it at Genius bar of an Apple store), immediately unplug the power adapter, disconnect all peripherals and power cord. Fill a bucket with distilled water and slosh the MBP around in it in every direction, upside down, etc. You may use a mild solvent bath, and a light thinner or even alcohol will work, it draws the water out faster and evaporates the water (keep in mind that if the solvent is too strong, it’ll melt stuff, so stay away from MEK or acetone).
Stand it on each side, keep changing it, until water stopped draining out. Turn the computer over with the lid partly open and the hinge facing upward to let the liquid drain. Do not flop your unhappy Mac over and lay it flat – you want to separate it from the moisture. Place cloth towels or paper under the machine to sop up the mess.
After that, let it dry for at least three, five or more days in plain sunlight, rotating the side it was standing on each day.
Don’t try switch it on before it seems to be dry, then switch it. If nothing happens, no sound, no lights, nothing, then let’s hope that you tried to turn it on too soon, while the innards were still wet. In this case, wait for another day or few more days or even better, let the dry Egyptian air extract more of the moisture.
Well, anyway, the case is a very difficult one, so be prepared to hear from a technician that your Mac may not recover, it is dead and all you can do, try to sell it for what it’s worth (just a few dollars) and buy a new one (you homeowners’ insurance may be the best option if it covers your computers. If it is the case, you should notify them of the accident right away in case the verdict is that your computer is dead).
If the Mac starts working though, don’t feel very happy still, as sugary, acidic or milky drinks will cause problems later on as the residue starts slowly corroding the computer innards.
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