Cell Phone Water Damage Repair

Cell Phone Repair in Wilmington NC and Raleigh NC

While the idea of drying out your water damaged cellphone in a bag of rice sounds logical and is advice often provided by friends and family, it isn’t really a cure for cell phone water damage. In cases when water damage to your cell phone or smart phone has seemingly been reversed by immersing it in rice, the takeaway knowledge is that your phone wasn’t really as wet as you thought it was.

Water seeks its own level, and will travel inside your cell phone wherever it can find a path of least resistance. But water damage is fickle, and until you open the case and disassemble the components, it’s impossible to detect the true nature of the cell phone water damage done to your device.

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QuikFix Phone Repair - Water Damage Treatment

Get the following cell phone water damage repair treatment from QuikFix Phone Repair:

Professional disassembly of your phone

Removal of the protective shields on your phone's logic board 

Cleaning in a high-end ultrasonic cleaner (not a jewelry cleaner)

Reassembly/testing of your device

Trying to restore your cellphone is sometimes not economically feasible. With all the different models, manufacturing standards and component layouts, each wet phone and water damage case is unique for each wet electronic device.

Factors that determine whether cell phone water damage is “repairable” include the quantity of water that go inside the cellphone, the makeup of that water, quality of the water, what kind of water entered, whether the buttons were used after getting wet, and how charged the battery was at the time the cell phone got wet.

Take Action If Your Cell Phone Gets Wet

So what should you do before getting professional help for your cellphone at Quikfix Cellphone Repair?

Step 1: Cut the power immediately by removing the cellphone battery. While it’s tempting to power up the phone to see if it still works, just turning it on can short out the delicate circuits.

Step 2: If you have a GSM phone (AT&T and T-Mobile), remove the SIM card as well. If your phone is B.E.R., the SIM card should hold a lot of its info such as your contacts in your phone book.

Step 3:
Dry out your phone FAST. Letting the moisture evaporate naturally you run the danger of corrosion damaging the inside components the longer the moisture remains inside. DO NOT use a hair dryer, the extreme heat can burn up your phone’s component parts. Instead, use a can of compressed air, an air compressor (set at a low PSI) to blow out the water. Conversely you can pull the water out with a wet/dry Shop-Vac. The idea is to push or pull the water back out through the same channels it entered.

Step 4: Use a desiccant to wick away the remaining moisture. DO NOT USE RICE. While this is the most popular choice, submerging your cellphone in a bowl of rice grains overnight subjects your phone to the rice dust (that can liquefy with the moisture coming out of the phone) and further corrosion hazards. Instead use packets of silica gel that you find stuffed in electronics shipments or inside pockets of new clothes.

AVOID HEAT: DO NOT use hair dryers, ovens, microwave ovens or extended periods of direct sunlight. While heat is great for evaporating moisture, it’s equally efficient at warping components and melting adhesives in your phone. These fragile glues are also why you need to keep rubbing alcohol away from your phone. Alcohol is a solvent, it’s okay on the outside as a disinfectant after a toilet dip, but do not submerge your phone in alcohol.


Here’s some advice that might sound counter-intuitive. If your cellphone gets soaked in salt water, flushing the whole thing in fresh water before it dries is recommended by some. Here’s why: It’s already wet, but when the salt water dries, it leaves behind salt crystals that can damage your cell phone’s sensitive components. 

NOTE: If you try this, be certain to REMOVE your cell phone battery before flooding the device with fresh water.

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