DIY Water Damage Repair
There are a few popular fixes that have seen great results but are still not guaranteed to fix your phone from any water damage incurred. Before attempting any DIY repairs you should be sure to find out if your phone’s warranty and/or insurance covers water damage.
Changing the Battery
When a cell phone suffers from water damage, there are many components within the phone that can be damaged short and long-term from water exposure. This method isn’t the best way to go about attempting to repair your phone from water damage but, depending on the severity of the water exposure and damage, may be all your phone needs. As soon as your phone is damaged and the troubleshooting method precautions are attempted, you should locate a new battery. It may not fix your phone entirely but chances are that your battery is water damaged as well and can become unstable.
Cleaning With Alcohol
Alcohol is a non-conductive liquid that dries rather quickly. Using alcohol (as close to 99% as possible) to clean your phone will help dry it out and even prevent corrosion. Though it may sound insane, if all else fails, completely submerge your phone in an opened container filled with alcohol and let it sit for an hour or 2, then remove the phone and let it dry. This method, as strange as it may seem, has seen quite a high success rate.
Cleaning With Rice
This method is often the most common go-to method when a phone suffers water damage. Rice is highly absorbent of water and you can, more or less, bury your phone in a bowl or container of rice overnight. Doing so will aid the process of removing water from your phone without too much effort. As mentioned in the troubleshooting methods above, be sure to remove the battery and SIM card from your phone.
Clean With Vacuum
A less conventional and less guaranteed method to remove water from your phone is to dry it out with a vacuum cleaner. It may take more work, as vacuum attachments may prove difficult to get harder-to-reach places on your phone where water could spread, but it can also prove a successful method in removing water from your phone depending on how deep your phone was submerged in water or other damaging liquid(s).
In the event that your phone has too many hard-to-reach areas, you can purchase a toolkit and even specialty screws or other components at a relatively inexpensive price to have in the event that your phone does incur water damage. Be sure to purchase the proper screws and/or components based on your phone make and model.