It is common knowledge that water and electronics do not mix. And undoubtedly they should be kept away from each other at all costs. The least amount of contact that you can have between your electronic equipment and water the better. Although, we all know that accidents do happen. Whether you have been pushed into a pool with a phone in your pocket, or you accidentally dropped it into the toilet. Or even worse, your home has suffered some horrific water damage due to flooding. We should go over some things that you can do to attempt to save your electronic devices should they suffer water damage.
When Your Major Appliances Get Wet
If your home has suffered from severe water damage, you may be wondering if it is possible to save your major appliances including things such as your stove, dryer, or your refrigerator. The very first thing that you need to do is immediately turn off the power to your appliances. If it is safe for you to pull out the plugs and there is no standing water present, you should do so as soon as possible. If you are not sure about whether it is safe or not, don’t risk it and consider turning the power off via the circuit breaker.
Once the appliances have been unplugged, do not attempt to reconnect your power until your appliances have been thoroughly checked by a professional. There very well may be dangers that you are not aware of, including possible chemicals that are within the appliance, such as refrigerants inside your fridge. You should also be sure to contact your insurance provider to see what in your home is covered by the damage that was caused by flooding.
Saving Your Handheld Devices
Having your cell phone or music player backed up to either an external hard drive or an online cloud is an important thing to keep up your digital information backed up regularly. As water damage is typically the number one reason that cell phones are damaged. And typically, are not covered by insurance. So, backing up your phones is an excellent habit to start.
Once you remove your device from whatever water source it has gone into, the first thing you need to do is open it up and let it dry out. If you are able and it is safe for you to do, remove the battery immediately. You should leave the pieces out in the air to dry until you are positive that there is no moisture left inside of the device. Some people even place their devices in bags of rice to assist in pulling the moisture out of the phone. Only when you are positive that there is no more moisture remaining in the device should you attempt to put the battery back in and put the device back together. Once you have done this, you can attempt to put them back together and try and restart the device. You may luck out, and the device will restart without issue, but unfortunately, they typically may have suffered more damage than is fixable.
Electronic Devices That Store Electricity
Televisions and radios are very unlikely to survive any water damage. These types of electronics store electricity inside even when they are unplugged and can be the cause of a serious shock if handled after receiving water damage of any kind. In these types of devices, it is better to leave it up to professionals to see if they are savable.
Other Issues You May Have After a Flood Has Occurred
So, after a flood, not only will you be dealing with damage to your electronics, but there is an excellent chance that there will be debris entering the home and may have gotten into your appliances. Once the debris has entered your devices, it is very important, they have it removed, or it will cause a huge fire risk. Not only will you have to deal with the debris issue, but there is also a great possibility that your items may have been moved throughout the home or had been damaged by the water in the house. Even if the appliances have moved throughout the house, there is no way to tell if they have sustained damage to the interior without opening them up and thoroughly inspecting them and having them looked at by a professional. When it comes to any major flood event, there is also a possibility of having wildlife make its way into your home and even may have made a home in your displaced appliances.
If you ever have major damage in your home due to flooding and you live in Palm Beach County, FL. Please feel free to call the mold experts at NHI, National Home Inspection and Mold Services at (561) 445-8483 to make sure you test for or remediate any mold issues caused by the flooding.