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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Ever soaked your cell phone or other device by dropping it in a puddle or the toilet, or drenched it in your morning coffee? You’re far from alone. It happens to about 85,000 Americans a day, according to DryBox.

The company that calls itself “CPR for a wet phone” says it uses a “patent-pending drying chamber as part of a process that rapidly removes moisture at the molecular level from small electronic devices.”

And there is now a DryBox in our area — at Zagg Phone Repair on G Street Northwest.

The company says Zagg is one of the first retailers in the U.S. to offer DryBox service.

Ralph Caparotti, owner of the Zagg franchise, says using DryBox costs customers about $50, takes 30 minutes and has worked on 70 percent of the devices that have been brought into his D.C. store so far. If it doesn’t work for your phone, all you owe is a $10 usage fee.

“I saw a video on the internet about DryBox and liked the concept … we just need to get the word out,” Caparotti says. “In the DMV we’re the only ones that have it. It’s awesome.”

So, while Caparotti does not recommend soaking your devices in water, he does recommend that you bring them into his D.C. shop within 36 hours if you do happen to get them wet.

WNEW’s Kimberly Suiters contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.

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