2 Things You Can Do If Your Electronics Get Flooded

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Water and electronics don't mix. That means if your house floods, for whatever reason, and that water ends up in your electronics, you run a rather significant risk of having your electronics ruined by that water. There are things that you can do that will lessen that risk and may let you have your electronics back. So, what are some things that you can do?

1. Rice

You might enjoy eating white rice, but in this case, you don't want to eat it. What you want to do is to put some dry, white rice in a bag or a resealable bowl. You want to have enough to cover your small electronics 2/3-3/4s of the way. With your device turned off and the battery out, if at all possible, you want to put it in the rice and bury it well. You want to leave it there for a few days, to give it time to dry out. The reason that the rice works is that it is a desiccant, which means that it will suck out the water out of the electronics. If you don't want to use rice, or you don't have any in the house, you can also try something like uncooked instant oatmeal or a silica desiccant gel. The important thing is to make sure that you don't turn on the devices until they are dried out thoroughly, because that can fry them. 

2. Unplug Everything

For the things that are too large to go into a bag of rice, you need to unplug them as soon as possible. That's because when it comes to things like your television and video game systems, there is a small, constant power draw. That means that there is going to be some power going over certain circuit boards, which could cause them to fry and mean that you have to replace them. Unplugging them will keep that power draw from happening, and give the piece of electronics time to dry out. You can help the process out by using a hair dryer to dry everything out and hopefully help them to come back. 

If you are dealing with the aftermath of a flood in your house, there are going to be all kinds of problems. That could include water in your electronics. There are things that you can do. If you don't want to try any of those things, you can always call professionals to do the work for you. For more information, contact your local water damage restoration service today.

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