Spilled Liquid On Your Laptop? What You Can Do To Save it

Spilled Liquid On Your Laptop? What You Can Do To Save it

So you bumped your drink and soaked your laptop.

Don’t panic!

You might be able to save it if you act quickly:

If your laptop gets wet from any type of spillage, it’s very important that you act fast.

You must unplug it, turn it off and remove the battery at once.

Every second counts…

Do not worry about following correct shutdown procedure, go ahead and hold that power button until your machine shuts down. Or just remove battery straight away if easily accessible.

If you haven’t done that yet, stop reading and do it now..

If you reading this on the laptop that suffered the spillage, turn it off and carry on reading on another device.

You will need to accept the hard truth that your laptop will most likely be out of commission for at least a few days.


Laptop spill, follow these steps now:

Step 1: 

Unplug charger.

Power down laptop.

Remove or disconnect battery if possible.

Remove all components that are easily detachable. 

Unplug anything connected to your laptop.

Step 2: 

Dry the outside of your laptop. 

Open your laptop screen as far as it goes, and place it on a towel.

Try to drain and absorb as much of the liquid from the keyboard and laptop as you can.

Step 3: 

At this point, we’d recommend you take advantage of the warranty or insurance if applicable.

We specialise in this type of failure so contact us asap if you would like us to help.

The sooner it is opened up and repaired the better.

If it is left corrosion sets in quickly which can cause irreversible damage.

If you don’t want to have a professional take a look at it for you though, there are some more steps you can take to try and dry your machine out.

Please note, that Ashford Laptop Repair does not accept any responsibility for damage caused to your device from taking it apart.

We do not recommend you proceed unless you are qualified or fully understand the risk.


Laptop Teardown:

Older laptops where much easier to open up, making removing components simpler, but this is not really the case with modern day laptops.

We wouldn’t recommend doing much to them unless yours makes the process relatively simple, as it’s easy to damage a laptop by taking it apart and the last thing we want to do is make the situation worse.

There are many guides on the internet, iFixit being one that we would recommend using.


That said, here are some steps you can take if your laptop allows it:

Step 1: 

Remove your battery, if you haven’t already.

This can be achieved by pressing a switch or button on the underside of your laptop.

On most of the newer laptops you will need to open it up to disconnect battery cable from the motherboard or logic board.

Step 2: 

If you’re concerned about liquid leaking through the whole system to components like your RAM and hard drive, you can remove those too.

On some laptops you’ll find panels that allow for their removal on the underside.

In most cases you’ll need to use a Phillips screwdriver to remove them.

With the memory, press the side clips to eject each stick.

With the solid state drive or hard drive, you’ll likely need to undo more screws to free it from the frame.

Be sure to carefully detach it from the power and data connection ports or cables.

Again with newer laptop you will need to disassemble to laptop to remove these components.

Step 3: 

Examine each component you’ve removed to check for any sign of spillage or corrosion.

Any damp parts should be dried and wiped with pure isopropyl alcohol and cotton buds.

This will dissolve and remove any liquid without causing any damage to surface mount components, and evaporate without leaving residue.

Step 4: 

Once you’re done, you’ll want to leave everything alone to dry out thoroughly.

Inspect again for any corrosion and clean if necessary.

Once you’ve given it time to fully dry out you can reassemble and give your laptop a test.

Hopefully all will be working now, but if not you’ll want to get it looked at by a specialist.

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