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I Dropped My Phone in the Toilet!

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

image wet cellphone Wet Cellphone

Nothing scares a person quite like the feeling when you drop your cellphone into the water. The world freezes for just an instant and then it’s a race to grab it as quickly as you can. Cellphones, like any other electronic, do not mesh well with water. Even so-called “waterproof” phones can’t fully protect from the water. So when your phone has completely submerged in water, it’s vital that you drain the water as fast as you can before it does permanent damage. Android Authority has a step-by-step list so you can safely get the water out of your phone before it causes damage;

  • Quickly remove your phone from the water
  • Do not turn on the phone or plug it in
  • Don’t shake or blow into the device
  • Do not apply any heat to the phone
  • Open the phone casing
  • Do not remove any of the components
  • Try to dry the exterior with a paper towel
  • If you have a small vacuum cleaner attachment, you can use it to suck away water in crevices
  • Put the phone in a Ziploc bag full of rice and let it rest there for about two or three days
  • Take the phone out of the bag and see if it works
  • When all else fails, take it to your local phone retailer and see what they can do

With the safeguards most phones have built into them now, even a completely submerged phone will be ok if you get it out and dry it quick enough. Just remember that even with those safeguards, a phone that has been potentially exposed to water can produce an electrical shock that can seriously injure a person. So the next time you drop your phone into the water try following these steps and save yourself the cost of a new phone.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

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