There is plenty of mold in the air anyway. If you can't order from a supply company, then you will spend more, but get either 99% IPA or 190 proof everclear from the drugstore and soft bristle toothbrushes. Electronics are magnets for dust, dirt and grimy fingerprints and they can be difficult to clean.From smudges and buildup to bacteria and germs, electronics endure a daily barrage of dirt and contaminants that can make us sick. You will be better off replacing the lot. You can also use an abrasive-like sand or household scouring powder to help remove mold with a scrub brush. I ended up having the entire back of my truck filled with the style cartons you find at 7-11 or something similiar. Since these things were submerged in water, ideally I'd recommend submerging them in a mild bleach solution for perhaps 20 min - ideally rotate/shake them a couple times during this bath. Leave things heated for at least 2-4 hours. for cholestyramine. The alcohol should kill the mold. Some rubber in pulleys and such might not like the alcohol. That surface tension you were talking about, actually causes the water to be sucked into small gaps like this. As much as I don't like saying it, there was a smell left behind. In each case I'd give it some time to soak (~20 min) but esp in the first rinse, to make sure it gets all the bleach into solution. Why this might not work : the "dissolved" materials which have stuck to the PCB and components do not get washed off completely. Some coatings are natural shellac which is alcohol soluble. Even then, I wouldn't feel safe doing this. Kept the "check engine" light out from a short in the wiring harness under the hood. The CD player failed completely after a second cleaning about a year after the first. I've read a lot of people with great advice on removing water and even sea water. Image courtesy of Contents Industry Review. Use around 3% of hydrogen peroxide in a bottle and saturate on the affected area, leaving it for some minutes. I've repaired some electronics that have had exposure to some liquids. REMEMBER, IF YOU TRY THIS BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN IT COMES TIME TO FLIP THE POWER ON. I have recovered many water damaged items. Dryer IS pretty much always better. As far as the question of admitting dirty mold into your house, molds are everywhere in the environment. Where are you getting your information? If you want to get flood insurance, you need to get it through a federal program. I just left it to sit in the sun for the rest of the day and it worked fine after that. Or, dip the swab in a mild bleach solution to effectively kill the mold spores. Fractions of a millimeter. Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA is about 9% ABV.... Have you tried nuking the fungal infection from orbit? A little goes a long way. It leaves a film behind that is waxlike and can make a mess on glass and such. In 2012, the other side. Rubbing alcoholic has the advantage of evaporating completely away rather quickly. Since corrosion cannot be repaired, there is only a prayer. They can be crumb-filled, smudgy messes. One of the ugly little things about homeowner's insurance (at least in the US) is that it, by default, does not cover damage due to flooding. Consider anything with IC pins, surface contacts, etc. So unless you can point me to a source that says otherwise, rubbing alcohol is fine. I've used it many many times. Start with a rinse with distilled water. Any (ANY) power will lead to corrosion. Of course if the corrosion was minimal, it still might work without problems. Don't forget to clean your remote controls. Don't do this in an enclosed area, and don't do it if there's any chance of sparks. The holes are tiny. I suspect, that this might work for other electronics as well. Bleach (chlorine) is a very bad idea. Should do the trick right nice. They're easy to scrub away with a mold cleaner mixture of 1/2 cup bleach, one quart of water and a little detergent. Mold is evil. That method is fantastic also for preventative maintenance of over-the-hill electronics and works wonders with beer spills. Finally, if you can't take things apart and expose the PCBs and a good portion of the components, then your chances of success are very low. I realize that it may be painfully expensive, but if you suspect any mold on anything, you should either quarantine it until you can thoroughly kill it or just trash it. The OP mentions mold. I know you were trying to be funny, but some dryers do have a removable shoe rack that doesn't rotate. And never were touched. How quickly did you get it out the door? The important thing to consider is if the electronics are new enough and worth saving it probably as BGA components that water will lurk under for weeks. As a preventive measure, once it's all clean and squeaky like that, maybe spray a coat of polyurethane or some other waterproofing stuff that's non-conductive onto all parts that could conduct and aren't supposed to. All the real car lovers do it.) Before beginning the mold removal process, you must first take a few precautionary measures. Amazingly, my network gear and the UPS that powers it were all at a height of about 6'4". I'd be more upset that a dog peed on my laptop and I just put dog pee in my oven. The first thing you need to know is the normal level of relative humidity in you area. This probably won't ever get read, but you are seriously in need of Sporaclean []. Water is corrosive to the copper in the products you have (besides the electromechanical problems, like bearings in hard drives (old ones), etc), and if left to do it's thing, electrolysis will eat them up. Copious quantities of ethanol will help, possibly in more ways than one. yah but, chances are the mold can't really feed off anything in the electronics. In fact, scratch that. You can get some pretty good 99% isopropyl from any good pharmacy (ask for it) or computer store (I get mine from Altex, it's $8 a bottle..). Comparing the MSDS Sheets, they appear to be different compounds: Lear Corp's "Corrosion Block" - []. One trick we used in making REALLY high power CB radio amplifiers was to bake the transistors for about 2 hours. The lens cap that hangs down had a thin line across the top third, indicating how close the water came to ruining it. Better to use a pure non-oil based solvent such as denatured alcohol (pure alcohol). BUY MORE SOUP. But the whole "down to the studs" thing is, But the whole "down to the studs" thing is. I forgot to mention that.That's why time is so important in these matters. Most of what you manage to save probably didn't need your help to survive. Certain things just plain can't be saved. In salt water time is an even greater factor but usually those circuits could be saved by a quick flushing with fresh water followed by drowning them in pure alcohol and blowing them out. It will take time, warmth, and air movement. That's pretty pessimistic! I've done this too, but not as much as the parent, I'm sure! How the hell does water get *into* a sponge? Some are very hard to get to too. If you look at a container with water it in, you will see a. I think it's more like they can't _run_ when ambient is at that temperature. He left it in for a while, then turned the oven off. (college was hard on it). First off, don a breathing mask to help shield you from any mold spores, as well as the potent fumes emitted by the bleach you'll be using. You can also kill mold with elbow grease 1. I've never seen mold growing on electronics, but if you have mold/mildew you can wash them with a mild bleach/water solution. I've saved routers, videocards, motherboars with this method. Use a stiff pig-bristle or metal scrub brush to remove the mold by hand. Let me add to these other ideas a product named "Corrosion Block" (for the marine industry) and/or "ACF 50" (for aviation). The exposure which the electronics have already experienced have more than likely started corroding the potentiometers, i.e. But in volume it's considerably more expensive; even distilled H20 is only a dollar a gallon. After a couple items you should replace the second bath - and you might as well replace the first-bath with the water you just stopped using for the second bath. To drive off the water you will need a nice dry enclosure which can be heated to a relatively high temperature, say 130-140 deg F or so. Heh. This should remove anything not removed by the wd40, and will remove all the wd40 too.4: Immerse in a second pure alcohol bath that you try to keep clean -- ie use a different bucket than step 3 -- try to get everything off in step 3. Apparently, you found more water after turning the power back on. I'm going to go throw my water-damaged laptop into the dryer for a few hours. So I definitely recommend the mild bleach solution. Well, I've been upgrading parts here and there over the years. This removed ANY moisture under the caps of the 2879s (part number 2SC2879). 2. It will also make the basement liveable in short order. If any of these things have moving parts (eg DVD player) they'll be more difficult. Pour a very small amount of rubbing alcohol onto a clean cloth. Oven temperature was somewhere around 120F, left the cellphone in it for about 6 hours with the oven door open. volume, bass, etc.. controls. I used 91% IPA from Walgreens to clean some heavily smoke-damaged electronics gear (including a Dell XPS). She fished it out within a minute and pulled the battery out. Then rinse with alcohol, and again blow it off rather than letting it dry. LCD panels wick water into the panel, and there's no easy getting that out without actually disassembling the panel (LCD / polarizers / light spreader / etc) But that's more of a cosmetic thing than functional, so if you don't mind the weird effect it has on the panel, ok for you. At least the minimal "get the mold out" insurance. Also, why waste your time, simply collect on your insurance and buy all new. Chlorine is incredibly corrosive. Fractions of a millimeter. Look for damage or corrosion. 4. (hope your caps are sealed well...) It's not the heat that dries it out, it's the difference in humidity. Split top, about 12 to 18 inches deep. Using the washcloth or sponge, gently scrub the mold or mildew using the baking soda to help. It needs more than just water to grow. Plus the time lost to all that fussing and re-assembly has to be factored into any measure of efficiency. If something has a ton of mold on it, you may want to actually WASH this - perhaps with mild soap or mild bleach, and scrubbing until there isn't a big pile of mold. *eyerolls*. This you must take into account. :). Damage to electronics due to water is actually due to unexpected circuits forming and burning out components. Electronics could be placed on that while the dryer blows the hot air around. Watch carefully. (Try leaving bread dough out without adding yeast and see how long it takes to sta, Finally, where do you live? I've tossed around ideas like taking a big can of desiccant (like in the "do not eat" packets) and an airtight bag and let it sit that way under a sun lamp for a few days. Copper windings can trap water for a very long time. Properly clean the surface. It as no fans, so we'll see. I let it sit for a day, and plugged it in. The first job is to get rid of the mold. yum)... Rubbing alch is isopropyl. Soak a cotton pad in lemon juice or vinegar and place it on the stain. Their expertise can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. SERVPRO Professionals utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including: 1. BTW, one quart freezer grade ziplock bags cost little more than the sandwich bags, and are a lot more effective at waterproofing cell phones, wallets, small cameras, and similar items that the novice kayaker should worry about. Try hard to flush out the small spaces under parts with alcohol as those are the hardest areas to get dry. I doubt much you do will make a difference at this point - most of your gear was doomed from day 1. And, voila! Don’t mix anything other than water with bleach, as certain cleaning agents can produce highly toxic fumes when mixed with bleach. However, be prepared for disappointment. Those work just like batteries, creating electrolysis in the presence of water. When it's done, drain it. Best case, it'll just work! You will likely draw several gallons of water from the air itself, and hopefully dry out the electronics. Or are you calling a best buy TV and stereo a "home theater" if you did not have a projector, screen sound control on the walls, and a real integrated sound system you did not have a "home theater". Clean the outside and vacuum the openings. It is called Capillary Action [] my friend. You had homeowners insurance right? Surface molds grow in just about any damp location, such as the grout lines of a ceramic tiled shower. Copyright © 2020 Water Damage, Fire Damage Restoration, Mold Remediation, Carpet Cleaning - RestorationMaster. This is what I would suggest: i love rooting around in yard/garage sales sometimes i find some good deals on old radios, what i have done to dirty radios is i remove the covers, speakers microphone if it has one, basically strip it down to the chassis and circuitboard the i put it in a dishwashing machine with about a cup of vinegar, then when it is done i dry it with a hair dryer (hand held blow dryer) and once it is completely dry i reassemble it and it works like new... My friend and I once found a receiver buried in a dry creek bed (probably stolen - but it was literally buried with a faceplate sticking out). A typical example would be full immersion of a digital camera, a rather challenging project due to it's. Once it looks *completely* dry, wait one more year. Watch out: Take care not to damage the photograph itself. Used to clean TV sets with a few buckets of distilled water, then throw a 20W incandescent inside and leave it for a week to dry. Speakers without rigid. Physically wipe gently to remove surface mold and debris without scratching the photos. Remember, more heat isn't necessarily better. Many people who don't live in an area where floods are a real likelihood don't buy the extra flood insurance, which is probably the case here ("Since we are not in a flood plain, our insurance for this is woefully inadequate."). The bad news is that it may have been powered when the water hit it. but anything buyable should be re-bought, if its still current. Had a Slingbox pro that piped stuff upstairs through the 1GB network. You can try to bake the electronics, but you really have to watch the temperature. Kids will appreciate the sparks and smoke. Occasionally mildly shake the bag with the cable, to allow "fresh" soda to work on the cable. And why not buy an extra 100 cans of soup per week with your grocery shopping? 10" of rain turns into 6' of water in a basement when you don't live in a flood plain? Left no residue and dried quickly. Let me add my own experience too, wait a long time for the electronics to dry. 40 min on one side (including getting it up to temp) and 20 min upside down is probably enough to stop further mold growth. If there's a catastrophic failure caused by damage, corrosion, or other problems, you could have a pretty serious fire risk. I /suppose/ you could save some of the passives, like RCA and speaker cables, if you soak their ends in contact cleaner. Most electronic components will not be damaged by water. They're soldered down and usually tucked away, so not easy to unplug either. It will protect your liver and kidneys. They are not typically sealed to ward off immersion in liquids.   ...but I'm no chemist, so they might well be using different names to describe the same materials. Get under components with a pipe cleaner. 3. If you want to re-use the desiccant you can put it in the oven. Last modified 11/28/2017. Rubbing alcohol is your friend. I guess the question is not 'can' it be fixed, but 'should' it be fixed. His wife came home and thought, "Hey, I'll make a frozen pizza for dinner! Chlorine."[/bender]. I imagine the same is true from a mold standpoint, but you probably know more about that than I do. It's the exact same way that a tree sucks water up through the root system. Works good for lubrication of moving parts around electrical though (power locks, same car) ...not sure about around optics in a drive. Neat! Then in 2010, turn the stuff upside down, and repeat the process. This discussion has been archived. Careful with that, because I had a co-worker who actually did this with a laptop (his dog peed on it). Use an old toothbrush and rubbing alcohol right on the circuit boards. plus, you just spent money de-molding the house. Think, anything metal that may be in an otherwise emptied bathroom (towels, floor mats, and even the shower curtain had already been removed). But what the hell, dry it out, plug it in. Chlorine is incredibly corrosive. []. This is increasing the death rate of the mold, but at the cost of reducing the life of your electronics. Yes, it is. Brush away the infection only after protecting the rest of the book and gently swab moldy spots with tiny amounts of denatured alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Use pure isopropyl alcohol (not the 66% stuff) which will mix with remaining water and should help you both clean up and kill the mold. Good luck, and may I suggest you invest in a more serious pump? It's cheap (1$/pt?) A suggestion I will follow when we rebuild the basement. Windex) and a soft brush, then rinsing it thoroughly with distilled water. Again, re-read the original post. I'd disassemble everything, as much as I was comfortable putting back, and use some distilled water and a toothbrush to clean it. Also, fill your car's gas tank with soup. the ONLY things I would hand-clean are the old ancient things that can't be replaced (if you have such things). For larger areas you may need to use clean cotton cloth as a wipe. If the article cannot be bleached, try removing the mold with lemon juice or white vinegar. If you leave moldy stuff in your house, it will spread through the whole house via A/C. "Completely" is the key phrase. It will oxidize the metals very badly. Get into the grooves carefully to remove the mold. Dip the record cleaning pad into the mixture and wring it out. The idea is the heat doesn't actually remove the water, it just helps keep the humidity mobile. This procedure will not work for anything with any unsealed lubricated moving parts, as it will remove *all* of of the lubrication. If things are being really stubborn, an ultrasonic cleaning bath in alcohol is remarkably effective (and completely safe for the electronics). Electronic equipment, more than anything else, attracts mold. In mold remediation, the bleach in the cleaning mixture kills the mold. All dry-clean-only clothing should be either hand washed or replaced. Only to find the newest waterfall down to the basement. It will oxidize the metals very badly. It worked fine. You can do all the above things as a wash instead of a bath, IF you can effectively get to all the surfaces... Spraying on a nonconductive corrosion resistor (like the above mentioned products seem to be) sounds like it would tend to extend the life of the device; it might also seal in any remaining mold spores, which I'd consider to be a good thing - but I'd still do a bleach-bath first to kill as much as you can. The surface tension should keep it out.The gap is tiny. I think you can all figure out how the story ends. Here's what you can try if you are feeling brave. I'd give them hours in the oven or days sitting before I turned them on, though. > With modern equipment I'd be a bit more gentle... Actually, we remove mold from electronics all the time. 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