Buying a phone from Samsung in Melbourne entails a buyer to practice utmost care when handling the device. Protecting it from any damaging substance or situation should be top priority, but sometimes, even the most caring owner can’t completely shield his phone from damage – even to levels beyond repair.
Michael Ott, tech enthusiast and founder of the site AndroidAnalyse.com, relates his experience when he nearly lost his Samsung Galaxy S2 to water damage.
“Incredibly, I’ve somehow managed to water damage my Galaxy S2 despite usually being over-cautious with it. The incident doesn’t offer much in the way of a good story. I was brushing my teeth this morning and when I looked into the sink to spit, I saw my beloved S2 sitting there under a stream of water about 5 cm deep. It turns out I knocked it in without noticing while it was sitting on a tissue box on the bathroom bench. The screen was dead and I estimate it had been there for at least 15 seconds.”
15 seconds is an eternity in terms of allowing non-waterproof phones submerged in water. Chances are, the water would’ve already worked its way into the critical electronic circuitry of the device by then. Normally, these types of situations would require professional Samsung phone repairs in Melbourne. But for those people who can’t get a hold of a pro yet, there are ways to save the phone from being perpetually ruined. It is important to take note that not all the solutions to be mentioned assure permanent fixes.
First, do not turn on the device, and immediately remove the battery. Turning on a water-damaged phone can cause current to circulate and short the phone out. Turning the phone immediately back on will fry the circuit board, and all hopes of saving it will be lost. After taking away the phone’s power source, allow it to air dry. Remember to not use a blow dryer as the heat would definitely damage the electronics.
One can also use grains of uncooked rice, or a Bheestie Bag to absorb the moisture. Place the device in a sealed bag, preferably for 24 hours. Be patient about the drying process and allow the rice or Bheestie Bag to work on absorbing water from your phone. Finally, if the mentioned solutions still don’t bring your phone to life or fail to return it to good working condition, enlist the help of repair experts from trusted companies like TelcoWorld Corp Pty Ltd.
(Source: So You’ve Water-Damaged Your Phone. Now What?, AndroidAnalyse, October 13, 2012)