Do I need to replace water damage or just let it dry out?


Jeremy, I would strongly suggest you use a Multimeter to measure the water content in your wood flooring, and other materials around the sink. Please view this link to a suggested meter you can purchase, it has prongs so that you may penetrate into the wood with minimum damage and get a reading from the inside, as water can stay contained withing the wood. If the leak was dried within 48 hours and you have a water content less than 16% on your wood and other damaged materials, then you should be safe. If the leak was not dried withing 48 hours, or the water content in the wood is higher than 16%, I would strongly suggest you hire a air quality inspector, he can take a sample from your kitchen air, and tell you if you have elevated amounts of spores indoors, and if you have mold species that can affect your health. I would make it a priority to ensure moisture is not higher than 60% throughout the house as this can trigger mold to grow. Some species are known to stay dormant for 48...

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Spilling water or another liquid onto a one to two thousand dollar plus MacBook Air or MacBook Pro is a horrible feeling, but before you completely panic, you can take a few proactive steps which may help to preserve the Mac or your data. There is never a guarantee that the Mac will be saved from permanent water damage, but sometimes you can recover a MacBook Air and MacBook Pro from spills and liquid encounters by taking some very quick actions, or perhaps just mitigate the water damage to the keyboard rather than the entire computer.

Before getting into specifics, it should probably go without saying that if you happen to drop a MacBook Air into a swimming pool, lake, ocean, or river, it’s basically guaranteed to be toast. Sure you can still try to save it, but the odds of recovery are extraordinarily low. This is really a guide aimed at helping to recover from smaller water encounters, like a splash from a spilled glass of water, or cup of coffee knocked over...

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UPDATE 3.15.2013: Be sure and read the comments, there is a ton of good information from other people who have gone through getting their iPhones wet. Thanks to all!

“Help! My iPhone got wet! WHAT DO I DO??”

No worries. If your iPhone got drenched, here’s what to do.

The first thing to realize is that the instructions below apply to pretty much all electronics: iPhones, Blackberrys, Syncs, LGs, iPads, laptops, netbooks, the works. “What do I do if I got my stuff wet?” “What do I do about salt water?” These are great questions and the key here—particularly with salt water damage—is to respond quickly.

Salt water in particular is a threat. But first things first, what if you just get it “wet”.

If your phone gets “dampened” with water, dry it off. If you believe the water got inside, you may want to do more. (Particularly if it is an iPhone 4 due to their relative sensitivity to moisture. The other iPhones seem a little more water...

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Dropped your iPhone 6 in water? This tutorial will teach you how to fix water damaged iPhone 6 smartphones. Because, let’s face it, we drop our phones in pools, rivers, oceans and the toilet. Strange enough, there was one report where someone sent their iPhone six through the car wash and then there’s the, I washed my device in the laundry. Whatever the case may be, this guide will help you fix a water damaged iPhone, even if it won’t turn on.

Can water damaged iPhone 6 be fixed

The short answer is, yes, sometimes, it can be fixed. and the iPhone 6 water damage repair cost may vary depending on which route you take. If you're doing the repairing at home then it will be cheaper but not necessarily easier.

I just dropped my iPhone 6 in salt water!

If you just dropped your phone in salt water, then you should try to act quickly and proceed with the following advice. If you have dried your phone in rice already and it’s not working properly despite being...

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First, do not turn the phone back on. By instinct, I wanted to turn it on to see if it was working. However, if you do this, the phone will short circuit because you are putting electricity through it while there is still water in it. Water in an electronic device may not break the item. However, too many times, people turn on the item right after to check if it is still working. The act of turning it on causes you to put electricity through it. Before, when it was off, no electricity was running through it. By putting electricity through something that has water in it, you will cause the item to short circuit.

I repeat this a couple of times just so everyone understands. If you can dry out the item and remove the water, it just might work. The water will eventually cause the electronics inside to rust, but it may not cause the item not to work.

So, after not turning on the item, what do you do? You try to dry it out. You let it sit. Some people recommend putting the...

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I was in the sea with my phone in my pocket for about 40 seconds. The phone was off when I noticed it 30 minutes later. I got as much water as I could out of there. Then I put in in rice for several hours. I try to turn it on and plugging it in after that (Yeah, it's the worst thing to do probably). I opened it up and tried plugging it in again. I think I heard the connectors for display getting fried. I felt it getting really hot. So I disconnected the battery and let it sit in rice for a night. In the morning, I connected the battery to the logic board again and the noise I heard last night wasn't there and it didn't get hot. However, the A8 chip was getting a little bit warm (at least that means he battery still works, right?). I tried to turn it back on again, but still, nothing showed up on the screen.

What should I do now? Rub alcohol onto the display connectors? And would it be a problem of the screen?

I unplugged it when the area where the connectors for...

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Hi, you can follow the below steps to manage a water damaged phone.

-Get the Phone out of the water as soon as you can and switch off the Phone by pressing the top Sleep/Wake button for 5 seconds until you see the slide to power off. Of course if the Phone is already turned off don’t turn it on.

-Dry off the Phone with a towel or a piece of fabric. Do NOT use a hair-dryer, nor place the Phone in an oven as the excess heat will damage the Phone beyond repair.

-Grab a plastic bag, preferably a common zipper storage bag and fill it up with uncooked rice or alternatively, silica-gel packets. Place the Phone in the plastic bag and make sure the device is fully immersed in the rice.

If you cannot get hold of rice or silica, you can alternatively place the Phone in a very dry and well ventilated place (i.e. a room used to dry clothes equipped with a cold-air blow fan)

-Take out as much air as possible from the bag and zip it up. If you do not have a...

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The world suddenly freezes when you see your phone falling straight into water, you scream in terror, “I dropped my phone in water!” Whether it’s a pool or a toilet, you just know nothing good will come out of the next few seconds. After all, that’s a high tech device that’s likely worth multiple hundred dollars, and chances are very high that it will be deemed unusable. That is, unless you have one of those awesome waterproof smartphones, like the LG G6 or Samsung Galaxy S8.

It’s true that more and more handset makers have moved towards waterproof designs in the last year or two, and this trend seems to have no slow down in sight. Still, not all of us have the luxury of a waterproof phone and that means we need to resort to other methods. The best method for preventing water damage is to take precautions beforehand, using something like the CaliCase waterproof pouch for situations where you know you might be making contact with water.

What if it’s already too late,...

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That sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you see the iPhone where it shouldn’t be – submerged in water – is certainly unpleasant; albeit not an uncommon experience.

Dropping an advanced piece of technology such as the iPhone in water should be treated as an emergency. There is a set procedure following such an incident which can help you prevent further water damage to the iPhone. Timing is important and if you are lucky, you may even escape unhurt. This guide provides a set of “first-aid” steps which are known to avoid water from crippling the iPhone. Remember: there is no magic solution. Disclaimer: we cannot be held responsible should the below guide fail to help you fix the iPhone after it fell into water.

In case you drop the iPhone in water – turn it off immediately

Get the iPhone out of the water as soon as you can and switch off the iPhone by pressing the top Sleep/Wake button for 5 seconds until you see the following screen,...

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I recently dropped my phone in water and immediately took it out, turned it off, and placed it under a hand dryer for around a minute. I let it sit overnight and in the morning I turned it on and everything was working fine except when I went to play music, the speaker was not working. I of course checked to see that the volume was up and that it was not on silent as well as other settings, but still no sound.

I use my iPhone as my alarm as well so when I checked to see if the alarm was working, it was! It only worked for apple ring tones and ring tones with the .m4r extension. Though the sounds still worked for the alarm, not only does my music not play, but all my alert sounds for texts, mail, and other push notifications are also not working. When not on silent, the phone merely vibrates without sound.

What could be the problem? How can I resolve it?

Thanks Apple...

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It may recover afeter drying. However, tap water is full of stuff thats not going to play nice. You are better off gettting a gallon of Distilled water. this is electrically non-conductive and leaves no residue when dried. take out the batts and flash memory and soak the thing for a few seconds. hopefully the tap water and drink have not fully dried and you may get some use back out of it. You need warm heat to dry it out, Place it near a heating vent, heater or other heat source. you can get it as hot as you stand to touch (they are good to about 120 degrees). and a fan for circulation may also help. keep drying for at least a day, even a sunlit spot indoors can help

If water entered the lens group or got on the sensor, you are not likely to be able to repair this camera. repair costs will likely exceed its replacement cost.


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Power off

What you want to avoid is activating the circuits inside the iPhone, because this is likely to lead to short circuits - that's what causes the long-term damage. If the iPhone happens to be switched off, leave it off.

Don't be tempted to power it up and see if it still works. It might, and then promptly stop working forever precisely because you took a look.

A more likely scenario, sadly, is that your iPhone was switched on (or in sleep mode) when you dropped it in the drink.

So at this point you're looking at two unappealing options: power down (but in the process causing the screen and operating system to wake up briefly before switching off) or leave the device in sleep mode in the hope that you don't get any notifications.

It's your decision, but after discussions here in the Macworld offices we've decided that the lesser of two evils is to wake the iPhone briefly in order to do a full power off - and that's what we suggest in...

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Cleaning a Laptop by yourself sounds better than going to a computer technician and let him do the work, because it saves you money and time. As you already know, there are two major parts of a Laptop that you can clean: External and the internal parts.

Internal parts of a Laptop are referred to as its motherboard, or the main circuit board of a device. You may have experienced cleaning the external parts of your Laptop with q-tip and alcohol, which is typically okay, so you need not worry. But, if you are going to clean with those materials on the Laptop's motherboard, you could damage the entire hardware. So, in other words, it is not recommended to clean the internal parts of a Laptop with q-tip and alcohol.

The effect of cleaning the Laptop's motherboard

The motherboard of a Laptop is made up of small parts, chips, expansion cards, etc. If you are clean it with q-tip and alcohol, you could damage the whole motherboard from Electrostatic Discharge...

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Hi, I just read this on a PC help site for water cooling a CPU. It's very funny !

I decided this weekend to try and quiten my PC by following some other members lead and going down the water cooling road. The fans on my PC were really starting to drive me mad

The first thing that I did was to remove all the fans. The one on the processor and graphics card were no problem but the one in the power unit was a bugger to get out.

The most difficult part was sealing all the ventilitation openings in the PC case with silicon. I also put silicon all around the joints on the PC case. The smell of silicon was dreadful but when my wife complained I told her to be patent as it will be worth it when we have a completely silent PC.

Because I had completely sealed the PC case the only opening near top was the DVD drive. So I opened that and put the small hose I had purchased specially for the job into the DVD drive as far as it would go. With what I can only describe as...

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First of all, remove the phone from the water as quickly as possible.The longer it stays there, the more water or liquid will seep through the cracks and openings of your phone. Once it's out of the water, there are certain things you need to do right away, and certain things you should absolutely avoid doing in order to prevent water damage.

What not to do

Do not turn it on Do not press any buttons or keys Do not shake, tap or bang the phone Do not blow on it. This could send water into other internal parts of the phone that it hadn't already reached, causing more damage in the process Do not heat it up (that includes using a blow dryer or microwaving it)

10 steps to saving your water damaged phone

1. Turn it off if, it isn’t already and hold it upright.

2. Remove any protective casing and, if your phone has them, remove your SIM and microSD cards from their slots.

3. Open up the back and remove the battery, SIM card(s) and microSD card if...

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We've all seen it on TV: rainstorms of biblical proportions sweeping entire villages into the sea, and damp, devastated flood victims being interviewed in front of a pile of sodden furnishings and clothing. But then it happens closer to home—and this time it's your car, not the entire village.

There's a high-water line halfway up the windshield, and several inches of mud in the interior and the trunk. It smells like a swamp, and it's only getting worse in the hot sun. And the insurance adjuster says he'll be by in a few days.

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How Dry Am I?

Don't wait for the adjuster to arrive. Mold and corrosion are setting in now. You need to clean out as much liquid and mud as you can and dry out your car as soon as possible. Don't try to start the car. If there's water in the engine, transmission or fuel system, you'll just compound the damage.

Disconnect the battery ground strap first-you must do this, otherwise you'll...

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IF it got well dried out, then unless the drywall is still pithy or soft, not a problem - let dry for at least another week with normal inside heat and ventilation, and even better with fan blowing against it to dry the wall behind well, then replace any rusty screws or nails that are showing or popping out, spackle the nail holes, reprime and paint if needed.

The carpet should have been pulled up, or within 2-3 days of getting wet it will mold. Since already moldy, pull it and the padding and toss them, and run a large fan or heater/fan over the area for a day to dry the subfloor out before putting on new carpet. Be sure to disinfect the subfloor immeditately after pulling the carpet up - spray with chlorine bleach mixed half and half with water till entire wood surface is misted damp (not fully wet) then air out. You should probably do this some time early in the morning when you (and kids and all pets) can leave the home for quite a few hours, leaving a couple of windows...

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Once a building has been exposed to a large volume of water, either floodwater or rainwater, steps must be taken to dry the building out, assess damage, and plan for repairs and restoration. This information sheet discusses concerns and procedures for helping structures to dry out.

Flooding may be quick, but drying out a building is a time consuming effort. Allowing natural ventilation and evaporation to work is better for the building than the using heated forced-air or air conditioning systems. The rapid drying out of a historic building using hot air power drying systems can cause irreparable harm to significant features of the building.

Before starting to dry out your building, make certain to address health and safety concerns. Safety must come first; do not endanger yourself, your family, or other occupants. Assume all power lines are live. Do not trust the fact that power may be off all over the neighborhood; turn off the power to your house. Check for the odor of...

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After last week's massive downpour in Dubuque and around the Tri-state area we wanted to share some answers to some of the frequently asked questions. The main one we have been answering is, "

Do I need to replace my water heater and furnace after they have been flooded?


Here are some highlights from the Serviceguard page from Black Hills Energy:

Q: My furnace and water heater were flooded. What happens to them?A: If your furnace or water heater were submerged in floodwaters, they will need to be inspected by a licensed contractor or other qualified service technician before service is restored.

You may have to replace your furnaces gas valve and all electrical controls, wiring, motors and safety components. However, it may be cheaper to replace the furnace than to purchase and replace the separate components.

You may also need to replace your water heater, whether it’s gas or electric. Water heater gas valves and the internal wiring in...

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This section of the examines flood damaged carpet, water intrusion, flood classification, carpet warranty, sanitary flooding, unsanitary flooding, black water, home owners insurance, carpet cushion (carpet padding), padding, flooding types, and carpeting restoration.

Carpet Water Damage

Water intrusion affecting carpet and other floor coverings is among the most difficult situations faced by a homeowner or building manager. There is no standard procedure for dealing with every flooding situation. Each crisis must be evaluated on a case by case basis. Every flooding situation will have its own distinguishing problems. There are a number of standard questions that must be addressed in evaluating the proper protocol for returning the carpet to its pre-flood status. The primary question that must be addressed is the type of flooding that has occurred, sanitary, unsanitary, or black water.

Sanitary Flooding

The carpet must be...

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It only takes a little water to do a lot of damage to your home or business. As little as one inch of water can cause damage totaling in the thousands of dollars. What’s worse, when water gets within the walls of the structure, there sets the stage for all kinds of new problems, namely with air conditioning, heating systems, electrical, as well as the insulation in the home.

Wet cellulose insulation in ceiling

It is vital to inspect the type of insulation present in order to determine whether it can be dried or will need to be replaced. Of course this is assuming we aren’t talking about category 2 or 3 water damage as that should always be replaced. Attic insulation and insulation under a floor in a crawl space can easily be evaluated to determine whether it can be saved or not. Insulation in the wall can pose more of a problem as it’s not immediately visible. Small holes should be drilled into the wall to determine the type of insulation as well as its moisture...

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