ITW Chemtronics - Recovery of Electronic and Electrical Equipment from Catastrophic Water Damage

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Electrical equipment and electronic devices can be recovered from catastrophic water damage due to hurricanes, floods, fire suppression and other severe water impact situations. Water can be removed from electrical motors, electro-mechanical assemblies and electronic devices using cleaning solutions and processes that target water and trapped moisture removal. The assemblies can then be cleaned to remove debris, soot, deposited oil and grease, and other contaminants using a conventional cleaner/degreaser or contact cleaner. While water can cause extensive damage to electronic and electrical equipment, it does not mean that this equipment is lost. When used with the following procedures, ITW Chemtronics ® products are an efficient and effective tool in recovery and restoration of water damaged equipment.

Step 1: Rinse Equipment with Clean Water

Electronics and electrical equipment should be flushed well with clean water to remove salt, sediment and particulate matter. Disassemble the equipment to allow access to all interior parts and flush with water until the rinsate is clean. If possible, dip the equipment into a drum or tank of clean water and agitate to dislodge trapped contaminants. After the equipment has been rinsed thoroughly, stand it on end and allow to drain. It must be noted that equipment already damaged by water will not be damaged further by the use of clean water.

Step 2: Remove Remaining Oil, Grease, Sludge and Other Contaminants

Cleaning will be necessary to remove oxidized oil, grease and other contamination. Most contacts and connectors contain sensitive plastics that will be destroyed using heavy degreasing products. For plasticsafe precision cleaning, remove the remaining contaminants with Electro-Wash ® PX (part number ES1210), or for heavy-duty nonflammable degreasing use Electro-Wash ® NX New & Improved (part number ES2211). Spray the equipment thoroughly or dip the equipment in the solvent and agitate while submerged. Allow the equipment and assemblies to drain and dry completely before returning the equipment to service. Make sure that all contaminated areas have been sprayed and completely cleaned...

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