With spring comes, you guessed it, rain. It also brings canoeing, rafting, camping, fishing, swimming, and more canoeing but let's not talk about my free time. Lets talk about your phone.
Water is a cell phones arch enemy and the irony is, water isn't as bad as what comes with it. Corrosion. But before we even get to that we have to talk about how water gets into your phone.
I often ask people, "Has your phone ever been exposed to water?" The answer is almost always, no. The opposite is most likely true. Do you take your phone into the shower? Do you talk on it in the rain? Do you bring it from high humidity into a cool location? Do you sweat and then talk on your phone? Yeah, you've got water damage. Maybe not as bad as say.....putting your phone in a glass of water after talking to your husband but hey, we won't talk about my wife either. lol
But you do have damage. The humidity from a shower can condensate when you leave the shower, leaving water on parts inside the phone. Rain can get into the ear speaker, headphone jack or anything else. Sweat can get into ear speaker, causing it to become a problem. When the water dries it leaves behind residue and then corrosion.
We can tell the difference between old and new corrosion. Quite often someone will give us a phone and we can see the new corrosion, which looks like salt on a car in the winter time. The old corrosion is black as night and rots away connectors.
I won't get into how to prevent water damage, just be aware of high humidity and water and use common sense. You should be fine. I will get into what you can do if you get it wet.
So let's create an example. You are taking a nap and the phone rings. You answer it, talk for a while, hang up and put your phone in a glass of water. (Ok, we are talking about my wife. In her defense, that girl can really sleep.) Your husband calls and the phone vibrates in the glass waking you up and you lose your mind. What do you do?
Easy right? Put it in the microwave. BUZZZZ, strike one. Ok, put it in the oven to dry it out. BUZZZZ, strike two. Alright, you put it in rice for a couple of days. BUZZZZ, strike three, you're out. While any or all of those things might bring your phone back to life enough to use it, that is awesome but you've just been sucked into....the corrosion zone.
Remember, water isn't the enemy. It's corrosion. Drying the phone out starts the corrosion process. You're phone might work for a couple days, a week or even a month but you are on borrowed time my friend. The clock is ticking.
So, what do you do. Going to sound strange but if you drop your phone in a puddle of water, leave it out overnight in the rain, let it vibrate in a glass of water or even drop it in the toilet, its time to do the unthinkable. Leave it.
That's right, leave it in water. Pull it out of the puddle or the toilet, wipe if off for Pete's sake because I will charge you extra if I have to clean off bio-hazard (can you blame me?) and put it in a container full of distilled water. Once in the water, bring it to me. I have special tools and equipment to clean the insides of the phone in such a way as so corrosion never takes hold. And there you have it, simple.
IF THE PHONE IS ALLOWED TO DRY OFF....DO NOT PUT IT BACK IN WATER. That's kind of important but you still need to get it to me as soon as possible.
There are no guarantees or warranties when it comes to fixing water damage and the cost to do the job is different, depending on the phone. The cost doesn't include parts, you have to pay in advance and it takes a couple days. But if I can get your phone back to you, isn't it worth it? I thought so.
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