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Most laptop liquid damage guides online show how to clean a laptop if liquid is spilled on top of a laptop.
In my case, my laptop was sitting on my basement floor and my basement flooded. I don't know the exact water level but the water did splash high enough that it got on top of the laptop's back lid (which was closed). Also, the battery at that time was NOT in the laptop since my laptop's battery was dead and I had to plug it in each time I used it.
Also, the water wasn't the cleanest. It was slightly brown. I don't remember exactly if it was sticky or not (flooded several months ago) but after the water dried up, it did leave stains on top of the laptop lid (which easily is stained because of the type of material) because of the water residue.
Laptop's model number is hp dv7-2273cl. Before the basement flooding incident, my laptop made some noise. I suspect it was an aging hard drive but I'm not sure. A few days after the flood, I turned on the laptop and it didn't work. It charged for a second and then the light went out. So I thought that it was completely trash. So I put it away somewhere and now after many months I really need a laptop again.
So I go and find the laptop and charger and try it again (months after flooding) and it surprisingly works now. I turned it on and I started hearing the sound. I can't remember if this is the sound that existed before or has it gotten worst because of the water damage. So because I was afraid that there still might some residue left over inside of the components and I didn't want anything to fry so I shut it off once I got to the login screen.
My question is, what should I do? Should I continue to use it normally or should I open it up and have the components cleaned (I'm not sure how to do this). The most advanced work I've done with hardware is built my own desktop but desktop components are vastly different than laptops so I have no idea what to do with it.