How to Restore Your iPhone After Water Damage


Yep. That’s the sound of the unthinkable happening. Your beloved iPhone, the one you caressed like a baby the first week you had it, has hit the water. If you are reading this article — sigh — you know exactly what we’re talking about. Before you relegate Siri to the junk drawer with your circa 2003 flip phone, try our five tips below to restore your iPhone to its former glory.

Siri’s Prognosis: Still Breathing!
If the stars have aligned and somehow your smartphone only got partially wet, there’s still hope. Turn off your phone (if the water didn’t already zap it off) and try Operation: Traditional Method.

Remove the SIM card, which is on the right side of newer models. Dry the card and your phone gently with a hand towel, then shake the phone to force out any trapped water. Grab your trusty blow-dryer and on the lowest, coolest setting, blow air into the dock-adaptor hole at the bottom of the phone from 6-8 inches away.

Dry for about 10 minutes, then set your phone aside for 72 hours—really! No touching! After the three longest days of your life have passed, you can insert your SIM card and turn on your phone again.

Siri’s Prognosis: Not Breathing
Worried your phone is still soggy after Operation: Traditional Method? It’s time to do some mouth-to-mouth. Spray compressed air into the headphone hole on top and the dock-adaptor hole on the bottom or side of your phone.

This will dry out any remaining droplets, letting you turn on your phone safely.

Siri’s Prognosis: It’s Not Looking Good
Your phone isn’t responding to the above two methods. First, stop crying. Then, turn off your phone (see a pattern here?) and, after drying it, drop it in a bowl of uncooked white rice for 72 hours. The rice acts as a sponge, sucking all the moisture out of your phone and hopefully restoring it to working order!

Siri’s Prognosis: The worst. Just the worst.
Not only did you have to fish your phone out of toilet water (this is not what you had planned for your day!), you tried all the other methods to no avail. Okay. Well. You might need to take it to a tech master to get their advice. Unfortunately, many phone manufacturers don’t cover water damage in any of their warranties, so you’re better off avoiding the Verizon, AT&T or Apple stores completely.

And don’t bother trying to play dumb about the water damage with the Genius Bar geniuses—your phone has internal sensors that change color when they’re exposed to water. Busted! Instead, take your phone to a local electronics restoration specialist and see if they can work their magic on your lifeline. Or, guess what — the iPhone 5 was just released!

At Paul Davis Restoration of Central Maine, we know a little something about helping people deal with worst-case scenario events. Although we may not be able to revive your smartphone, you can count on us to restore the contents of your home after a water, fire or mold disaster! Paul Davis Restoration of Central Maine services the following communities: Bangor Brewer, Old Town, Ellsworth, MDI, Houlton, Waterville, Augusta, and surrounding towns in Central & Down East Maine.

3 Areas Often Overlooked When Preparing a Home for Flooding from Heavy Rain

Imagine this: Heavy rains brought severe flooding in your neighborhood during the night, leaving the basement of your home a soggy mess by morning. What’s worse, the water shorted out your washer and dryer and you’re not sure if your insurance will cover the damage. Ugh—talk about a massive cleanup job! But how do you avoid a situation like this?

At Paul Davis Restoration of Central Maine, we know floods are frightening and damaging disasters for homeowners, and it’s not always easy to remember everything when preparing for such an event. We are here to help by providing information that you can use to be ready before the water starts rising. Below are three things not to forget when preparing your home for flooding.

1. Minimize the damage to large appliances
Before the heavy rains arrive or the snow melt causes rivers to rise, take a bit of time to minimize the potential storm damage to your appliances. If possible, place appliances that typically are found in basements—such as water heaters, washers and dryers, and furnaces—on cement blocks, at least 12 inches above the projected flood levels.

If you live in a flood-prone region, you might want to consider permanently relocating these appliances to a higher floor in your home for extra protection. Don’t have a basement? Raise your refrigerator and stove on cement blocks, too. These little details will make a big difference in the amount of flood damage done to them.

2. Check your sump pump
Do floodwaters frequently infiltrate your basement? You should always check your sump pump, which removes water accumulated in the sump basin (usually found in the basement of your home) on a regular basis to make sure it’s working when you need it. Every few months, run clean water through it to remove any dirt and debris that may be clogging the pump. Regular maintenance will keep it running for years—and help keep your home dry during spring floods.

If the flooding is severe, however, it’s likely your sump pump won’t be able to handle the influx of water. In this case, don’t try to clean up the damage yourself—call in the professionals to get your home back to pristine condition.

3. Buy flood insurance
Are hurricanes a frequent occurrence in your neck of the woods? Does the local river flood almost every year? If so, you may want to consider purchasing flood insurance, which is sold separately from standard home insurance policies.

Remember, it often takes 30 days for new insurance policies to go into effect, so make sure you purchase it now—before floods leave your basement a soggy mess! And if you don’t already have one, write up a complete home inventory (with photographs) now; your insurance company will request it when you file a flood damage claim. Store it someplace waterproof and safe.

It’s inevitable that your home’s contents will get wet if you’re in the path of a flood, but Paul Davis can help you recover and restore even more of your precious items when you’ve prepared for the influx of water!
Paul Davis Restoration of Central Maine services the following communities: Bangor Brewer, Old Town, Ellsworth, MDI, Houlton, Waterville, Augusta, and surrounding towns in Central & Down East Maine.