6 Steps For Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment

6 Steps For Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment

By David Libowitz

Expensive electrical equipment can be permanently damaged by water. Don’t plug in your electrical equipment until you’re sure it’s dry. There are a variety of ways to dry electrical equipment that’s been damaged by water. Follow a few tips to ensure your equipment starts working like new. 

Remove The Battery
The first step in drying out electrical equipment is to take it apart and remove the battery. Keep the parts separate until they are completely dry. If the device still contains moisture after 24 hours, then use the power of the sun or place in a bowl of rice for best results.

Let It Soak In Rice
Electronic equipment can soak in a bowl filled with two cups of rice. Take the equipment apart and let it sit completely covered for 12 to 24 hours. Use a cotton ball and alcohol to complete the job. You can also use a cleaning cloth that is anti-static for good results.

There are a variety of ways to dry electrical equipment that's been damaged by water.

There are a variety of ways to dry electrical equipment that’s been damaged by water.

The Power Of The Sun
The sun can be used to dry out your wet electrical equipment. The power of the sun is very effective for saving electrical equipment that might otherwise be ruined. Before you give up on wet electrical equipment, try this technique first. It may take several days for the equipment to dry, but it’s better than having to replace it. 

Turn On The Fan
After you take wet electrical equipment apart, you can leave the parts on top of a table with a fan blowing on them. Let them sit there for at least 12 to 24 hours. Look for signs of moisture by using a strong light and inspect the item closely. Never turn on damp electrical equipment until you’re positive it’s completely dry

Electric Heat Drying
Place the wet electrical equipment near a heat drying source such as central heating vent, fireplace or radiator. Make sure the equipment has been taken apart and lay them about two inches from each other. This method may work best if you leave the equipment near the heat source for 24 to 48 hours. 

Standard Hair Dryer
 A common hair dryer may be all you need to dry damp electrical equipment. Use the highest heat setting and aim the heat on the equipment. Take the equipment completely apart to avoid damaging the items. If you’re sure the equipment is dry, test using low-voltage electrical power. Electrical equipment can often be saved using the above methods.


About author

David Libowitz

David is the Owner of SERVPRO of West Palm Beach, and was recently appointed the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative. David graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics and The Wharton School with an MBA in Finance. David has an extensive career investing in and working with companies to facilitate their growth, both organically and through acquisitions. David spent 11 years at Warburg Pincus (one of the largest private equity firms in the world), and worked his way up from Associate to Partner. Over the course of his career, David has served on the Board of Directors of 15 private and public companies and was also the CEO of a start-up software company. David has IICRC Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying Certifications and also holds a Lead Based Paint Certification. http://www.servprowestpalmbeachfl.com

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