Water damage on MacBook Pro or Air? Do not pour any rice into the appliance!

MacBook Pro, water damage and rice

If the Apple MacBook has water damage, rice will not help at all. It is a myth that the rice grains absorb the water and the technique quickly dries up. But it doesn't matter whether it's an iPhone, iPad, MacBook or other device - the only thing that rice does in the event of water damage is that the circuit boards and chips get dirty and the starch dust from the rice grains cakes on all components. So the electronic components are not only wet but also dirty, which means additional time and work for cleaning when repairing the damage.

No Rice on Water Damage: What Really Helps the Wet MacBook

If water or any other liquid is spilled on the MacBook and wetness gets inside the Apple laptop, no rice will help. It is much more helpful to switch off the device immediately and, if possible, to dry it without using dirty tools. If you have the right tool, you can unscrew the case, for example, so that air can get to the hardware. This allows the water to evaporate faster. If you have more tools and a sure instinct, individual components (e.g. the battery) can also be removed. The interior of the MacBook can then be dried with a hair dryer – but without heat, as this damages the hardware!

If you want to remove the moisture inside the MacBook Pro with rice, you will unfortunately only make things worse, because the moist rice will soil the interior of the MacBook (photo: Sir Apfelot).

If you want to remove the moisture inside the MacBook Pro with rice, you will unfortunately only make things worse, because the moist rice will soil the interior of the MacBook (photo: Sir Apfelot).

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I recommend a repair shop for Apple products right away. I have a deal with the boss of the shop that I get about 10 euros for a new customer if someone has something repaired. In addition, anyone who inquires via "Sir Apfelot" also gets a 10 or 20 euro discount from the workshop - depending on the extent of the repair.

Anyone who thinks I recommend this company because of the money is wrong: I have used the workshop myself and have already received some feedback from readers who are enthusiastic about the service workshop. So I really only recommend something that I and other readers believe in. Nevertheless, it is advertising according to German law and therefore here is the note: Advertising follows. ;-)

Act quickly if your MacBook gets wet: call a Mac repair shop

If there is water damage on the Apple Mac, iMac or MacBook, we recommend Apple support or an authorized workshop. To the readers of my blog, I usually recommend the guys from Sadagian in Hamburg, because they repair Macs without directly replacing the entire mainboard or the entire logic board. If you mention the code "Sir Apfelot" in the phone call or in the e-mail, you will receive a further 10 or 20 euro discount.

Of course you can also try your luck in any Apple Store or another Apple partner. However, the feedback I have received from readers who have had their Macs repaired at Sadaghian is all similar:

  • The guys know about the devices.
  • They take their time with the customers.
  • The prices are super cheap.

So if you have a Mac with water damage, send it in to Sadagian. The return shipping is even free.

 

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