Accidentally soaking your precious electronics with liquids can be an unpleasant experience, but any incident that may require cell phone water damage repair could have a much better outcome if you’re armed with a few important tips.

Whether it was just a few drops of condensation from the cold drink you were holding in the same hand as your phone, or if your phone was fully submerged in water after taking an unintended swim in the pool with you, the effects of water damage can be wildly unpredictable and potentially fatal for a phone.

The fact of the matter is, a lot of the results that come from exposure to liquids can be boiled down to pure luck. In one instance, you might accidentally submerge your entire phone in water for a few seconds, quickly pat it dry, and find no noticeable damage at all. On another occasion, you might get a few drops on the wrong spots while running through a parking lot in the rain, only to jump into your car and notice that some function on your phone has been rendered completely unusable. Of course, keeping your phone dry and free of condensation is preferable to completely submerging it in a pool, but at the end of the day, you never know what could happen to your electronics when any form of liquid comes into play.

However, this doesn’t mean that absolutely everything revolving around cell phone water damage repair boils down to simple dumb luck. The most important factor in how your phone fares with whatever fluid it has been drenched in is based primarily on your actions immediately following the incident. So, in the event that your phone has been in contact with water, here are some things you should do immediately to put the odds in your favor while reducing the chances of a disastrous outcome:

First, get it out of the water if you haven’t already and move away from a situation with high humidity or extreme conditions like hot or icy surfaces, counters with condensation or an area with the potential to introduce even more foreign substances to the device components, like dirt or sand. If it is plugged in, quickly unplug it to reduce the chance of damage.  Gently dry off the surface of the phone and do not be tempted to turn the device on to check for damage. In fact, if it is on, power it down immediately in order to decrease the risk of further damage.

Next, you need to remove the case if the phone has one, as well as SIM card, SD card and battery (if you are able to do so with the particular model you have.) Make sure to thoroughly dry off the surface of everything you can reach on the phone and it’s components with a towel, lint-free cloth or any other absorbent material that’s immediately available. Regardless of what you use to mop up the trouble spots, ensure that whatever you use for this isn’t simply transferring more water to other locations of the device – which could be even worse for it. Give the phone a light shake to help clear any water out of exposed sockets and ports.

If the phone was already off, or if it turned off as a result of the damage, it’s incredibly important that you don’t try to turn it back on or plug it into a power source. If the liquid is present and comes into contact with certain components that carry a current, this could cause a short circuit and would greatly increase the chance of more significant long-term damage when things might have otherwise been fine.

The next thing you should do is get the device into an environment that’s conducive for it to dehydrate at regular room temperature for up to 48 hours, assuming that’s how long it would normally take for the amount of water or liquid to evaporate. It can be tough to go that long without your phone – all while you’re wondering if it is going to work again. So if you prefer not to wait, after taking the above precautions, you can always head to a Phone Medic location with a water damaged cell phone and we’ll quickly diagnose the situation to provide expert advice on whether or not you’ll need some type of cell phone repair to keep things functioning the way they should.