The First step YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY SHOULD BE PARAMOUNT! Use extreme caution at all times. Make sure that you are not standing in water. Also, verify that both you and your clothes are completely dry. It is important to avoid potential shock hazards even before attempting to recover an electronic device from the water.
The Second Step in any situation involving water and electronics is, as soon as it is safe to do so, immediately disconnect the device from power. This means more than just turning the device off. You must actually unplug the device or remove the batteries. Again, use extreme caution at all times as you disconnect electronic devices from power sources.
• If there is any heat, smoke, steam, or melting of a battery powered device, avoid handling the device.
• If the device is plugged in and underwater. Do not try and retrieve the device.
The Third Step is to actually dry the device. You can use towels to dry the outside and exposed parts of the device. Try rotating and lightly agitating the equipment to assist in getting the water to drain out.
If possible/as much as possible, take the device apart to allow any remaining liquid to drain and to help to dry the internal workings of the device. Lightly dab interior surfaces dry as well.
In taking the device apart, make sure to remove all cables, and open any closed connectors or switches.
At this point, you can also use a duster spray to help get rid of any water that you have not been able to clear away with a cloth. We recommend using DustALL™ air duster for this phase of the water damage clean up. See product==> here
The Fourth Step is to get rid of any additional debris and make sure that your equipment is completely dry. Using a small brush and/ swabs, clean the interior boards of any debris or deposits from the offending liquid. We recommend using SWP swabs and AB Brushes available from CAIG Labs for this cleaning. See products ==> here
Be careful when using the swabs and brushes as you do not want to inadvertently damage the equipment further by disconnecting components affixed to a printed circuit board.
For those that are dealing with computers, tablets, and other electronic devices that use hard drives, data recovery may be the best and only choice. When dealing with water damage to these type of devices, it is very important to make sure that the memory, whether it is a hard drive, thumb drive, SD card, or something else, is cleaned and dried properly before attempting to recover the data.
• Once this is completed, you should feel reasonably confident that your device has been thoroughly dried. If you do not think this to be the case, repeat Steps 3 and 4 above. If you still feel that there is wetness in equipment, you can also use a hair dryer on low heat to assist in drying and/or leave your equipment sitting under a lamp overnight.