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How to handle Spilled Water on Macbook

Water Damaging Your Mac is normal when the norm to work in a co-working space, a coffee shop, or even having a cup of drink beside your laptop while working is a norm to kill some boredom and also to spice up your creativity. Liquid can destroy electronics quickly, but your Mac may be salvageable if you act fast.

Do you know that 70% Of the Macbook sent in to KissMyMac for Mac Repair are all due to water spillage? Speaking from 4 years+ of working experience working in KissMyMac, this is one of the most common repair being carried out besides Battery Replacement for Macbook Air and Macbook Pro. Believe it or not, we receive an average of 3-10 calls in a week asking what to do after they spilled liquid on their Macbook (With a Freaked Out Tone, but we understand your horrifying experience). We have sufficient experience to bring back liquid damaged Macbook back alive. However, this is a 50-50 chances of fixing a water damaged Macbook.

Common Mistakes To Avoid After Spilling Liquid On Macbook

You may have read about articles online teaching DIY hacks to revive your water damaged Macbook. It is undeniable that some of them may work but some of them actually does more harm than help. We have compiled a list of things that you shouldn’t do after water damaging your Mac.

1. Using a Hair-Dryer to Dry Your Mac

We understand that you have your fancy limited edition Dyson hair dryer to dry your hair everyday after shower, but your Mac is not your hair. Some of the components such as your keyboard and also the components on the logicboard is made up of plastic. If you dry your Mac up with your hair-dryer, it can potentially end up melting the components and causing more damage to the screen. And exposing your Macbook Screen to heat may also cause it to melt, and you will have to pay more or even getting a new Mac. Ka-ching!

2. Putting Your Macbook into Rice Jar

Many say that rice can absorb moisture. No doubt it can do its magic, but it doesn’t always work, especially on a Mac. Why do we advise you not to put into a rice jar is because the rice grain may end up jamming up your Macbook keyboard, potentially destroying the keyboard membrane, end up needing a replacement which is unnecessary.

Another thing is that the rice grain may also jam up your usb jack and audio jack. As we know usb jacks and audio jack are extremely tiny and they are extremely challenging to remove the rice grain from the jack at all. It may end up causing more damage than aid.

3. Fixing it Your Own

Tearing down the Mac entirely yourself, hoping that it is some small damage so that you can manage it on your own is not a bad idea (if you have the technical expertise) but it can be a nightmare if you are not technically savvy. You may end up with more damage. Instead, you can turn to us at KissMyMac for some professional help so that we can conduct a thorough diagnosis over your Water Damaged Macbook on what needs to be done and whether is it cost effective to fix it.

You can send in a service request to seek for our help, or you can also contact us through other methods that are all available in our Contact Page.

So IF you accidentally Spilled water on your Macbook, water damage on your Macbook Pro or Macbook Air might not be as scary as you think if you read the article below which will explain to you how to handle your Macbook after you have spilled water or liquid on your Macbook.

Before getting panic, you can take a few quick steps which may help to save your Macbook. There is no guarantee that the Mac will be saved from permanent water damage, but sometimes you can recover a MacBook Air and MacBook Pro from water damage by responding quickly to reduce the damage caused to your Macbook.

What are the actions that you can take to save or reduce the water damage cause to your Macbook?

What To Do If You Spilled Liquid On Your Macbook 

Step 1 – Turn OFF your Macbook IMMEDIATELY
The best way besides doing anything is to SWITCH OFF your Macbook immediately once the water damage occur.

NOTE : The quickest way to power off your Mac is to force shutdown. Just PRESS and HOLD on to the POWER button until the screen goes off.

Step 2. Unplug ALL Cables / Cords from your Macbook
Disconnect any plug-in cables or cords from your Macbook. Disconnect your Battery IF Possible.

Step 3 – Turn It Upside Down and Let It Drain
Take a dry cloth and wipe up any excess liquid from the surface of the laptop — especially near the keyboard, vents or ports — and open the lid as far back as it will go. Turn the laptop upside down, put it over a towel or something absorbent, and let the water drain out of it. You don’t have to open the laptop if you aren’t comfortable doing so, but if you are, remove the backplate and wipe off the components with a lint free cloth before letting it sit to drain.

Step 4. Contact your trusted Macbook Repair Service Provider
This will be the First Step and the best step if you can make it to any Macbook Repair Shop that is nearby quick. The best way is to seek professionals to look into this issue immediately. Speaking from a 4years+ experience working in the Mac Repair Industry, a water damaged Macbook is the easiest to save and will suffer the LEAST damage as the components in the Mac are not submerged in liquid for long and any chemical drain/wash can resolve the issue. Just like when someone is sick they will consult for health advise immediately, rather than waiting for the sickness worsen or hoping that it will go off. For Macbooks that suffer water damage, the longer you keep it hoping that it will soon work, the more damage you will suffer, of course it depends on how much water/liquid you spilled on the Mac and also your luck.

DISCLAIMER : Doing the above recommended steps may not guarantee your Mac to be problem free, but at least the above steps can reduce the damages on your Macbook.

Need Help On Your Water Damaged Mac?

If you need further help on any of your Macbook, iMac, iPhone or iPad, feel free to contact us or send in a service request. Our team will respond to you at their soonest possible.

Alternatively, you can check out the list of services we offer in the house.

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