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How Water Damage Can Cause Mold to Grown in Your Plantation Library

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

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Lingering Water Causes Mold Growth in Your Plantation Library 

Libraries hold hundreds, if not thousands, of novels and publications. Because of how challenging it can be to prevent storm damage in our coastal community, our team has a rapid response to these emergencies. Keeping your building dry, especially during the hurricane seasons, can help you to reduce the likelihood of mold development and other harmful effects.  

As challenging as it might feel to prevent unexpected roof and structural damage that leads to water penetration, the threat of mold damage to Plantation businesses like your library should be a strong motivator. Mold develops in as little as 48 hours under the right conditions, and growing colonies can spread quickly to surfaces and materials. Our SERVPRO professionals can help to address these threats in the earliest stages when you first discover colonization and have remediation tactics to help your property through every stage of recovery. 

Your primary investment in a library rests in the pages of the literary works stocked on the shelves. Because heightened moisture typically exists throughout the year, we must diligently prepare for mold in the Ft. Lauderdale area to develop at any time. With the excessive damage that can occur to construction materials, carpeting, and even furniture in the building, we heavily rely on the expertise and trade experience of our remediation contractors (MRSR2994.) This division can carefully address controlled demolition issues, document drying, and other threats common to mold recovery.  

One of the best methods of reducing the widespread mold damage and ruin of the books and publications you have in the library is establishing defenses against the spread of spores, contaminants, debris, and other particulates. Containment protocols like the creation of a negative air space bordered with 6mil plastic sheeting prevent the spread of active spores while our remediators work to eliminate mold colonization in the damaged areas. 

The library sees foot traffic every day, and the presence of mold can create a hazardous atmosphere for your readers until the situation gets resolved. No matter when you find mold growing in your building, our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians of SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South can help. Contact us anytime at (954) 776-2000. 

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When You Discover Standing Water in Your Davie Home

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO van in a driveway. Don’t panic when you have a flood damage in your Davie home, let us help you through the water.

Standing water in your Davie home can be a shock, call SERVPRO today.

It is critical to move quickly when standing water gets discovered in your Davie home. Strong storm systems that can hit in the coastline can raise creeks, streams, and other bodies of water. When you find standing water in any volume in your property, you must work to get the right personnel involved in implementing mitigation tactics that can save areas of your home yet to become affected by the migration of this damage.

Flood damage in Davie homes presents a substantial threat to the structural integrity of the property. Also, standing water can allow for threats many homeowners might not expect, like conducting electricity from outlets in the affected area or spreading bacteria and microorganisms throughout the property. You should never enter flood water in your home because health hazards and the risks of injury are too severe for those untrained or ill-equipped. Our SERVPRO professionals have personal protective equipment and extensive training to overcome these threats as they get discovered.

When you first find flooding in your home, the first thing that you should do is to contact our rapid response team. We have dedicated professionals standing by 24/7 to reach your home with effective extraction and drying processes. Our equipment and potent cleaning products can protect more areas of your home from the potential contamination of natural flooding.

Contacting your insurance provider is another crucial step to take, as we can often coordinate efforts between our SERVPRO management and your insurance adjuster. Being along the Florida coast, many homes already have storm and flood damage coverage in their plan to protect their houses, so you need the right information about what services get covered and what out-of-pocket expenses you might expect moving forward.

As unnerving as it might be to find a lower level of your home contending with several inches of standing water, our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team have powerful extractors like our sump pumps and truck-mounted options to help. We also have rapid drying solutions to help us get to cleaning and disinfecting contaminated areas of your home as soon as possible. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (954) 776-2000.

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If You Need Water Removal Services In Plantation Call Us Right Away

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

our water drying equipment set up in a kitchen that suffered water damage Our experts responded quickly and began the restoration process and restored this property to pre-damaged conditions right away.

The Best Equipment For Water Removal In Plantation

At the first sign of water damage in your house, it’s important to invest in water removal services right away. The longer water sits on your floors, the harder it becomes to restore and repair the parts of your home that have been damaged. SERVPRO uses some of the best water removal equipment to extract water from your floors as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Moisture Detectors

The first step of water removal in your Plantation home is to detect the source of the damage. Devices such as moisture sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and hygrometers can read the water content in certain locations to detect moisture. In some cases, it’s necessary to read levels of moisture, whereas in other cases it’s important to detect whether there is any moisture at all. 

Water Extraction

The next step in the water removal process is the extraction of water. To properly treat the areas of the home that have been damaged, our SERVPRO technicians will use a variety of extraction units to suck and pump the water out. Some of these units are so large that they are mounted on a truck; other units are portable for small fixes. Carpet wands are smaller devices that are used for water removal in carpets and floors with pads underneath.

Restoration

After all of the water damage has been safely removed from your home, the drying process begins. Most of the materials in your home that can be damaged from water are porous, meaning they have the tendency to retain water even after removal. This includes materials like wood, carpet, and drywall. Drying equipment such as dehumidifiers, air movers, and air filtration devices are used to move air effectively through the house and to the affected areas.

Need water removal services ASAP? Contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 today to start the water damage assessment, extraction, and restoration process. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.  

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Why It Is Important To Clean After A Fire In Your Davie Home

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire causes significant damage to a kitchen We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Why Focus More On Cleaning After Fire Damage In Your Davie Home

After the unfortunate incident of a fire in your Davie home, you must take steps to restore it to its preloss state. You can use different approaches, including replacing materials, resurfacing, or cleaning them. When choosing the method, you have to consider the cost implications as well as the effectiveness. Cleaning presents several advantages, especially when done by a professional restorer such as SERVPRO.

Can help you reduce the cost
Compared to other methods of restoring fire damage in affected Davie homes, restorative cleaning reduces the costs involved. With different cleaning approaches available including the use of cleaning agents and agitation, it is possible to restore deterioration from smoke deposits and heat action at a fraction of the cost of replacement or resurfacing affected materials. Our SERVPRO technicians also use advanced cleaning methods such as soda blasting or peroxide-active cleaning for better outcomes.

Deals with a wide range of issues
When a fire breaks out, the combustion process causes a wide range of damages. Some materials are charred from the heat while others are left caked with soot and other residues. The fire also leaves a heavy smoky odor that you have to address to ensure your property remains habitable. Cleaning helps address most of these problems when done correctly.

Cleaning is flexible
Compared to other restoration processes, cleaning is a flexible process, so it is possible to make alterations to get the desired results. It is possible to make alterations even in the middle of a cleaning process, unlike when replacing materials. Changing aspects such as the chemical agent, the dwell time such an agent has with the targeted soil and the temperature of the cleaning solution, it is possible to alter the outcome of a cleaning exercise. Our SERVPRO technicians also ensure we agitate the affected areas entirely using different resources, including scrubbing by hand, using rotating brushes and water pressure.

Cleaning is practical and offers several benefits if there is fire damage in your Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation, and Fort Lauderdale Beach home. Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Professional Tips for Cleaning Your Flood Damaged Plantation Residence

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall and ceiling Mold is a secondary issue from water damage. Quick mitigation reduces the risk of mold growth.

Why Plantation Property Owners Should Outsource Flood Damage Cleanup 

While the Fort Lauderdale area is no stranger to hurricanes and flash flooding, the residents also know fast cleanup is essential to lessening damage to their homes.  

Upon arrival to a Plantation home with flood damage, SERVPRO technicians immediately scope the property to determine all areas that require water removal. Techs use both visual observation and specialized moisture detection equipment throughout the worksite.  

Damage from Groundwater

Of all the types of water damage in a home, groundwater has the probability of delivering the most loss to a house. Everything the water rushes through on its way to the home gets picked up, and that can include debris, toxins, and sometimes sewage which leaves a smelly, sludgy mess in the house.  

Carpet Does Not Usually Fare Well

In many types of home water damage situations, the carpet has restoration possibilities through cleaning applications. When a carpet receives saturation by groundwater, there are no cleaning methods to adequately restore it to the hygienic levels required for safe reuse.  

Unless You Have Protective Gear-Do Not Touch It

Homeowners should not come into contact with groundwater. There is a reason it carries a rating as a category three biohazard. SERVPRO technicians test the water to determine the nature of any contaminants and take the appropriate mitigation methods while wearing personal protection gear.  

No Stress About Secondary Issues

Even an inch of water in the home has the potential to leave a devastating amount of damage. Mold is a common issue after flood loss to a home. Because airborne mold spores need only warmth, moisture, and food such as paper or sheetrock, this part of the state is at significant risk for the development of mold colonies. SERVPRO technicians have Mold Remediation certification #MRSR2994 and know the early signs of infestation so they can act to inhibit the growth and spread of mold through proactive treatments. 

At the first sign of flood damage to your home, contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000. Whether it is a single room or a whole house affected, our technicians are ready to make the damage to your home, "Like it never even happened."

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We Can Save Your Fire Damaged Laundromat In Davie

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

A fire at your laundromat can drive you out of business in an instant.

Resolving Problems Likely To Develop After Commercial Fire Damage In Your Davie Laundromat

A fire at your Laundromat can drive you out of business in an instant, especially if it happens late at night when no one is around to take immediate action. Various factors can spark such fires, including faulty appliances or poor practices when using some equipment such as driers. Hiring professional restorers can help ensure business in your Davie Laundromat rebounds faster by addressing all the issues that develop.

Shattered windows and blackened surfaces
Incidents of commercial fire damage in your Davie Laundromat can have far-reaching effects because of aspects like heat, air currents and smoke interacting with the structure and contents during the fire. For instance, the extreme heat can lead to thermal expansion or other deformation of the window frames causing glass panes to shatter. Soot and other smoke deposits also blacken interior and exterior walls. Our SERVPRO technicians provide different solutions, including boarding up openings left when windows shatter and handle difficult cleaning tasks.

Tough Cleaning Tasks
One difficult cleaning task is removing soot residues from exterior walls, especially if it is stucco. The soot forms a greasy mess, which is hard to remove using regular detergents and water. Bleaches such as chlorine, on the other hand, can damage the cement composition, which would change the color of stucco. Our SERVPRO technicians use professional cleaning agents such as oxygen bleach cleaner.  We also have different tools like vacuums to remove soot dust before starting the cleaning process. We also have pressure washers to rinse off the cleaning agents better.

Removing Noxious Smells
People expect a Laundromat to look and feel clean. After a fire, smoke odors might linger even after thorough cleaning and rebuilding of the damaged areas, thus interfering with your normal business operations. Our SERVPRO crews can use advanced deodorization procedures to eliminate the odor.  Because humidity tends to make odors seem sharp, we first dry all excess moisture from the structure. We also use various advanced equipment to neutralize odors including:

    •    Hydroxyl Generators
    •    Ozone Machines
    •    ULV foggers
    •    HEPA Filtered Air Scrubbers

Restoring fire damage at your commercial establishment can take long. Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 to help expedite the process. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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A Primer for Cleaning Fire Damage in Your Plantation Home

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fires cause charring, smoke, and soot damage. You can trust SERVPRO to restore your home to its preloss state.

Tips for Cleaning Up Your Plantation Home After Fire Damage  

Dealing with a house fire is heartbreaking. You have to cope with the loss of valuable possessions and the challenge of getting your home back to normal. Some common problems to handle include soot, smoke, and cleaning up the chemicals or water that firefighters used to extinguish the fire. The water and chemicals can ruin the walls, carpeting, and furniture, among other things.  

To deal with fire damage in your Plantation home, you should first assess the extent of the destruction. It is essential to open up all doors and windows to let in fresh air or use a fan to increase ventilation. Increased airflow helps remove residual smoke and minimize the odors that burnt materials and soot cause.  

A fire can destroy many items in your house, and it may be necessary to replace them. You may only be able to figure out which things to replace after cleaning everything up. Cleaning up items in your house might seem like a tiresome task, but you need to complete it as soon as possible since procrastinating it can make matters worse. To clean up your property, some of the things you need include:  

  • Trisodium phosphate (TSP) cleaner 
  • Rubber gloves 
  • A large sponge and rags 
  • Buckets 
  • A mask to protect your face 
  • Goggles to protect your eyes  

After wearing the safety gear, soak the sponge into the TSP solution, containing a tablespoon of TSP and a gallon of water. Soot may be on all the surfaces exposed to the fire. Secure the carpets and upholstered furniture since the residue is oily and can stain them easily. Start cleaning the surfaces that have soot and smoke damage such as ceilings and walls. Begin from the top to the bottom because some residue can fall off from the surfaces you are cleaning. After that, dip the rags in warm water and rinse the affected surfaces.  

Once you remove the soot, the next task is to deal with the smoke damage. Smoke creates odors that can linger in walls, ceilings, draperies, and fabrics even after you have tried to remove them using baking soda, white vinegar, and activated charcoal. Eliminating odors is difficult because the damage is at the molecular level. It is advisable to hire SERVPRO franchise professionals to remove the smoke odor. Our Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can use high-level skills and deodorizing agents or equipment to remove the smells effectively. 

We can use dry ice blasting to eliminate or minimize the musty burnt scent resulting from smoke, fire, and water damage. Our SERVPRO technicians can also apply sealants on walls to block smells from escaping. Another strategy is using hydroxyl generators to remove unpleasant odors.  

If you need fire damage restoration services in Ft. Lauderdale, Davie Fort or Lauderdale Beach, contact SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 for help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Are Available 24/7 To Restore Your Plantation Home After Water Damage Hits

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Our technicians headed out to this home right away and began removing excess water from their property with our advanced equipment.

Water Damage can Start in Your Plantation Area Home's Roof

Homeowners in Plantation expect their home to weather the rain during each season and keep their family dry and comfortable. Tiny gaps in the roof or upper shingles can let rainwater inside. Problems with the seals on skylights can also let your home's interior get damp.

When a house in Plantation sustains intrusive water damage from overhead, the dampness can spread above your ceilings and down the walls. Inside your walls, this water can stay hidden while steadily weakening the walls' materials from the inside. Bumping into a wall while carrying a load of laundry or groceries and finding yourself faced with a hole can leave the area an immediate mess.

Our building services crew knows how to get things rebuilt with little mess. Our Commercial Contractor License # CBC1261730 means our customers receive an experienced, licensed team. We work in conjunction with our restoration crews to reduce lags in productivity and get all of the work done as fast as possible. Knowing that they do not need to look for a qualified team to rebuild damaged areas of their home means less stress. 

We check ceilings for changes in their structure. While a curvature toward the floor indicates trapped water, we also look at the seams in the corners for cracks. Discoloration does not always happen early on unless a large amount of water has accumulated. Our goal is to mitigate damage before it can spread. We use different tools to locate and also to determine the amount of moisture in walls and other materials.

Sometimes, secondary water damage, such as microbial infestations, become exposed during our work. Under our Mold Remediation Contractor License # MRSR2994, we can perform any necessary remediation to ensure that your property regains its value and healthy environment. During such periods, as well as while we remove materials that create dust, we run our air scrubbing machines. 

We also use these, as well as vacuums, while sanding drywall plaster before painting. All of these have HEPA filters, ensuring that we keep dust and any other microscopic particles from entering your ventilation system.  

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South helps homeowners within Davie, Rio Vista, and Las Olas by restoring and protecting their home from the harm water can cause. Water damage can leave your house's interior marred, weak, and the source of unwanted odors. Call us at (954) 776-2000, as We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About Fire Damage Remediation In Plantation

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let fire damage remnants keep you down. Call the remediation specialists at SERVPRO today for help.

Fire Damage Experts In Plantation Talk About Some Do It Yourself Procedures

The fire departments in the Plantation and Fort Lauderdale areas investigate over 200 fires each year. If your property ever suffers from fire damage, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Smoke and heat-related issues can sometimes be hard to find and difficult to mitigate. Our team of fire and smoke restoration technicians or FSTs have training and experience that helps us find and mitigate your problems. 

However, if you do ever notice fire damage inside your Plantation home, there are steps you the homeowner can take to help with the restoration. The first step after something burns inside your dwelling is to get everyone safe then to extinguish the fire. Make sure that none of your building materials or contents are still smoldering or smoking. 

Next, our SERVPRO technicians always recommend that you find the shutoff for your utilities. If gas is leaking, another fire can ignite, so it is smart to shut the gas running through your house off. Electricity can also pose potential hazards. Therefore you should turn off the electricity inside your building. If any water pipes got damaged during the blaze, then shutting off your water can prevent moisture-related issues. 

Then, you should look for any other potential safety hazards. If there are electrical lines exposed, then you must call in a certified electrician to fix the problem before you turn your power back on. If there are burnt items that could cause a trip or fall hazard, then it is a good idea to remove them so that they no longer pose a threat. 

Once your utilities are shut off, and you have fixed all of the safety hazards you can find it is then wise to remove any severely burnt or charred items. Burnt materials can sometimes soil other things that did not get affected during the blaze. It is also a wise idea to open your windows and doors and use fans to push air through your house to help reduce foul odors. 

If you ever suffer from an inferno igniting on your Davie, Las Olas, or Sailboat Bend property, call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 immediately after the fire gets extinguished. 

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Ft. Lauderdale Homeowners Know to Call Upon SERVPRO for Restoration Services

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

Need Help with a Fire, Storm, Mold or Water? SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South Has the Techs, Equipment, and Desire to Help!

Every Restoration Detail Completed after Ft. Lauderdale Property Disaster is Why SERVPRO Is an Industry Leader

Our long term experience in the restoration industry means Ft. Lauderdale residents coping with water, fire, mold, or storm damage know the company to call for help. Investment in commercial quality equipment, capable of rapid cleanup and thorough drying is one of our priorities. The other is an investment in training a skilled and committed team of restoration professionals, holders of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) in a broad range of specialties.

Water Damage
The source of a water loss in Ft. Lauderdale is most often the malfunction of an appliance, a tub or sink overflow, or plumbing leak, not a storm or hurricane. This kind of water damage can sneak up on a homeowner, occurring over some time unnoticed, yet causing significant harm to structural components, fixtures, and contents of a home. If your vigilance fails to avoid every leak or spill, we can help get rid of the water and dry out your home.

Plumbing, both supply and waste piping, runs between walls and floors and ceilings. Your first signal might be a dark stain or bulge on a surface. Stepping in a puddle near a cabinet can reveal a long-term leak under a kitchen sink that collected behind kickboards. A dishwasher or water heater can break, spreading gallons of water across floors and into crawl spaces or foundations. Every minute spent wondering what to do means more damage. Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) are ready to respond as soon as we receive your call.

Trapped water and soaked building materials might need controlled demolition strategies to reach the moisture and remove irreparably damaged drywall, insulation, or other structural components. We can take on that task as well as the rebuild after the water evacuates and the wet areas dry. Our full spectrum of services is why SERVPRO can take you from a wet mess to a fully restored space without the stress of hiring ever-changing crews and contractors to resolve the problem.

Fire Damage
Fire damage to your Ft. Lauderdale home can be one of the most devastating events in your entire lifetime. Engaging the services of a disaster restoration company that can take you from the shock and helplessness of viewing the scene minutes after the firefighters leave through the dozens of mitigation, remediation, and restoration tasks needed to resume your comfortable life is the key to overcoming the stress and fear. We are uniquely positioned to provide those services.

From removing gallons of filthy, debris-filled water to removing every bit of soot clinging to surfaces, our IICRC-trained Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) are the answer to your fire restoration needs. We are trained to match cleaning products, methods, and tools with the various types of soot seen after a fire -- dry, wet, or protein-based. Getting it right is vital as conventional cleaning techniques often make the situation much worse.

Many of our technicians hold more than one certification, meaning that the crews move from task to task seamlessly. Contents frequently move to our production facility for specialized care, and our deodorization experts employ a range of techniques to eliminate, not just cover up the smoky smells. We also offer rebuilding services, saving you the frustration and effort of lining up different professionals to complete the fire damage restoration project from start to finish.

Mold Remediation
When mold damage in your Ft. Lauderdale home takes hold, it is essential to understand that no process exists that can eliminate mold completely. Mold spores are always in the atmosphere and settled on surfaces, usually troubling no one. When exposed to moisture, however, spores begin a growth cycle that can damage building materials and expose susceptible individuals to higher levels or irritants and allergens. Mold remediation can remove active mold colonies and reduce the number of spores. When paired with moisture control, mold damage recedes.

Our mold remediation crews use the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol developed for schools and commercial buildings to rid your home of active mold colonies and reduce mold spore levels to more normal levels. We contain the work area to prevent drift of the spores using physical barriers and air scrubbers. Moldy materials are removed and bagged for appropriate disposal, and EPA-registered antimicrobials treat the affected area to prevent regrowth.

If the moldy area is extensive and porous materials like drywall and insulation were severely damaged, we can also remove those materials and replace them. Our ability to take a problematic mold damage situation from severely compromised structural components in need of at least partial demolition to reconstruction completed to the highest standards is why SERVPRO is the mold remediation contractor to engage. Our construction team is ready to follow up where our licensed and certified mold remediation team left off.

Storm Damage
The tropical storm and hurricane season stretches for six months in Ft. Lauderdale. Although plenty of forecasters give people in the area information on the significant storms as they develop, it is only when the extreme weather nears our city or makes landfall that the full extent of their damage potential becomes apparent. Having a professional partner in case of severe damage is critical to your peace of mind as a resident of southeastern Florida. We are always prepared to help.

Preparation for hurricanes and other intense storm systems goes a long way toward making you feel in control and ready to shield your family from the worst of the June through November storm season. Think about a consultation with our team in advance of any storm activity to pinpoint any vulnerabilities in your home. We can explain and offer to you our ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan which can help mitigate or prevent damages. As part of your hurricane go-kit be sure to have our number available so we can connect to schedule an assessment if your home suffers damage.

Flood damage, including storm surge, is a significant risk during the hurricane season. One of the reasons why SERVPRO is successful when hired for flood damage remediation is our familiarity with the complications presented by saltwater contamination. Expect us to follow best practices when responding to saltwater flooding, including freshwater flushing before water removal and drying.

Contractor Licenses:
Commercial: CBC1261730
Mold Remediation: MRSR2994

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is skilled in disaster mitigation and remediation across all types of property damage risks. We offer rebuilding services as well, making reaching out to us at  (954) 776-2000 the only distress call needed to resolve even complicated disaster scenarios.

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