Water is one of the biggest damages to cell phones. Believe it or not, a cell phone that’s been water damaged from being dropped in the toilet is one of the top 5 reasons for water damage repair. Cell phones even take on water damage from being dropped into a bathtub while the user is taking a bath. It’s quite shocking how many people actually USE their phones when doing things such as this, and more.
Even with the amount of cell phones needing this kind of repair, however, water damage isn’t an easy fix by any means. In order to understand why water damage to a cell phone is so difficult to repair, let’s discuss 3 basic ways water affects your phone.
When the components that make up your motherboard are exposed to water, they short out and become damaged beyond repair. Though there is some soldering that can be done, they usually aren’t economically feasible or worth the effort depending on the extent of the damage (how long your phone was exposed to water, how long it was since your phone became water damaged when you make repairs, etc.). Unfortunately, at this point, your phone is more like a paperweight regardless of whether you take the phone in for repairs or attempt a DIY project at home.
These components are anything that isn’t attached or part of the motherboard (the battery, the screen, charging port, etc.). If non-motherboard components become damaged, they can be replaced and repaired at a fairly inexpensive price depending on how many components are damaged. The only problem you may face, besides a water-damaged phone, is identifying which components were damaged.
Any wiring within your phone can suffer short and long term damage from water. Regardless of whether the wiring is attached to the cell phone’s motherboard or not, the wiring can suffer short-term damage by shorting out, altering the phone unresponsive. It can also suffer long-term damage in which water damage causes the wires to corrode, creating shortages with other wiring in the phone. Usually, wiring damage is fixable so long as too much time doesn’t pass by before the phone is brought in for repairs.