If you’ve quickly realised that, no, it wasn’t a nightmare and you did spill water – or another liquid, on your MacBook, don’t panic! We understand that it’s a stressful ordeal and that’s why we’re here to help. Water-damage restoration is the process of water damage cleaning from start to finish. This blog was written to walk you through it.
Perhaps you’ve accidentally knocked a hot cup of coffee onto your MacBook whilst studying, or it’s fallen into the bath whilst you were trying to unwind and enjoy a film? Whatever the case, it’s important to get the situation under control – quickly. No matter if you own a MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air, Infinite Loop are experts at Apple product repairs and our guide will focus on how to fix a liquid damaged MacBook.
What to Do in The Case Of Macbook Liquid Damage
Accidents happen and we all make mistakes. Instead of mulling over your error, it’s vital to act as quickly as possible in order to try to save your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro from guaranteed death. However, if you think that there’s no coming back for your MacBook, you can always skip these steps and go directly to the professionals – such as our team here at Infinite Loop, who will open your Apple device and analyse the extent of the damage.
For detailed insight on MacBooks, you’re in the right place and we’ll now go through eight steps you should take to save your water or liquid damaged MacBook.
Disconnect Any Power Sources
First and foremost, your safety. Water and electricity don’t mix. In fact, water conducts current, which can lead to an electric shock or worse. It’s best to avoid getting shocked or potentially starting a fire. Unplug the charger from the wall, turn the plug off at the socket, then remove any chargers from the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro suffering from water or liquid damage.
Turn Your Macbook Off
Next, we would highly recommend turning off your MacBook to try and prevent further damage to core assets such as the screen and CPU. Power off by holding down the power button for at least five seconds. If there’s no reaction, the liquid damage may already be causing the MacBook issues. In this instance, try to remove as much liquid as possible from the surface, then close your MacBook.
Unplug Any Macbook Peripherals If They Are Connected
This may not be the case for everyone, but if you have any MacBook peripherals connected, you should now unplug them. Any external devices or accessories that are connected to the laptop, including external storage devices, monitors, a mouse or even a keyboard should be taken out.
Remove the Battery (Optional)
We’ve included this step for the tech wizards out there who may feel confident enough to open up their MacBook and detach the battery. First, remove the back cover. Once this is done, you can disconnect the internal MacBook battery. To remove the battery from a pre-2015 MacBook Pro or pre-2017 MacBook Air (it’s not possible in newer models on your own), you should use a fingernail or plastic stick to release the battery connector from the logic board. It is important not to use a metal screwdriver as it may cause damage.
Now Move Your Macbook Away to A Dry Place
With all power sources disconnected and your MacBook turned off, we recommend moving your MacBook somewhere dry. This will protect it from further exposure to water and liquids and allow you to proceed in a calm, collected manner for the remaining steps.
Soak Up as Much Liquid As Possible
At this point, you may still be able to see some little patches of liquid on the surface of your water-damaged MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. It’s important to remove any excess water using a microfibre cloth or something similar that can soak up liquid. Do this until you can’t see any more excess water.
Let Your Macbook Air Dry For At Least 48 Hours
Resist the temptation! After following all the above steps, you may get tempted to see if your precious MacBook Air now works. Don’t! It’s highly advised to then let your MacBook dry for a minimum of 48 hours, if not longer. Open your liquid damaged MacBook to 90 degrees. Next, lay in screen-side down on the edge of the surface so it’s hanging off. This ‘tent’ technique helps the water drain anyway from the MacBook’s most important components.
Consult the Experts
If you’ve now waited well over 48 hours for your MacBook to air dry and you’re still having no luck getting it to turn on, it’s probably time to speak to the experts. Infinite Loop team is fully versed in the repair of a multitude of Apple products.
If Your Macbook Has Liquid Damage, please Get In Touch With One Of Our Experts Who Will Be Able To Help!
And that’s it from us – we hope that our to-do list in the case of MacBook water damage helped and provided some insight for you on the most important steps to take. Liquid damage can be stressful. However, when proper action is taken immediately after the accident, restoration is possible. If you have any further questions or would simply like to speak to a member of our friendly team, give us a call on 0121 296 9996 or email us at email@example.com.