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# 129092 3-Sep-2013 15:29
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My S4 has water damage.
Only a splash of water went in. The phone turns on and operates normal but when I plug my wall charger it it would say "battery disconnected' but does charge.
Another problem is the touch screen. At first it responds but after a minute the touch screen would become non responsive, sometimes tapping us would zoom in/out , taps 5 times instead of once , back button and the menu button would become non responsive.

Does this sound like a serious issue?
What could be cure for the phone?What part would need replacement?


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  # 889089 3-Sep-2013 16:22
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Hate to say it but pretty-much the whole phone. The problem with liquid damage is it's very hard to repair and it sounds like corrosion has got in.

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  # 889091 3-Sep-2013 16:24
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depends what you call a "splash" of water, if its affecting it now then it will be corroding the circuitry anyway.

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  # 889140 3-Sep-2013 17:53
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When an electronic device gets water damage, one common repair technique is to remove as much of the casing as possible, then give the circuit board a good bath in isopropyl alcohol. This helps to draw away any water that's sitting stuck in the nooks and crannies, and can help to dissolve any residue that was left behind by evaporating water. When you're done, leave the device to sit somewhere warm so the alcohol evaporates.

Another option is to take out the battery, wrap the phone in a paper towel and put it in a sealed container with either silica gel packets or a heap of Epsom salts. The silica/salts are dessicants that help draw out water, and they should take care of any moisture that may be left. They won't help with any residue that might be left behind, so hopefully it was fairly pure water (I.e not sea water or hard tap water).

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