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Did You Know SERVPRO has a Storm Response Team Always on Standby in Ft. Lauderdale?

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water on floor of living room.  SERVPRO extraction equipment next to sofa. A storm flooded this house. Our Storm Response Team was able to quickly remove the water and restore the home.

Storm Response Team at the Ready for Ft. Lauderdale  

Because of tropical storms like Nestor that just permitted some extensive destruction along the Florida coast, Ft. Lauderdale homeowners have sought out the most efficient and effective practices to protect their properties after a severe weather event. Storm response is a vital need for many homes and businesses when hurricanes and other natural disasters make landfall. Our preparedness for emergencies can have our team arriving quickly in a crisis to help.  

Storm and flood damage to Ft. Lauderdale homes can be widespread and costly for property owners – not to mention traumatic when it displaces you and your family from the residence. We have a highly trained team accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in almost every niche of restoration for flood recovery and rebuilding needs that your house might have.  

Severe weather systems can often present the risks of flooding to your area home. Our SERVPRO team can approach these disasters with premier extraction and drying equipment, helping to reduce the affected areas of your household. The migration of flood damages is a common obstacle to overcome. However, with the application of our continuous water removal capable with our portable sump pumps and trash pumps, we can reach the point of thorough drying practices as promptly as possible.  

With a division of licensed (CBC1261730) general contractors, we can move beyond the conventional restoration practices to help your property more comprehensively. Because of how experienced our staff is with the building trades, we can offer multiple services following widespread flood damages, including drywall removal, board up, roof tarping, portable power solutions, and full-scale reconstruction.  

Being one of the homeowners in our coastal communities comes with the understanding that your household could fall victim to the fierce presence of tropical storms and hurricanes throughout the years. Quickly responding to these emergencies can encourage the fast response and thorough recovery efforts of our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South team. You can contact us anytime at (954) 776-2000.

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At Last, The Secret To Fire Damage Remediation Is Revealed

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

roof collapsed into room from water damage Don’t let water damage linger in your house. Contact SERVPRO and get it taken care of.

Why Choose SERVPRO to Handle Advanced Issues Impending Water Removal

Although water is very useful in daily activities around the home, it is equally destructive if spilled uncontrollably. The good thing about water is its colorless and odorless nature when clean, so restoring an affected property mostly involves drying wet materials and contents. Some cases of water damage, however, are not straightforward because of some tricky issues.

The levels of water damage in your home vary depending on what happens after the water spills. If water removal in your Davie property happens fast, the spilled water might be removed while still on the surface of the materials. Even if absorbed, extraction and other drying procedures can remove it quickly. However, in some cases, especially when water spills affected wood, the absorbed water can form chemical bonds with the material, thus preventing regular evaporation patterns. There is a need to break the chemical bonds and dry the wood to prevent long-term problems such as rotting or warping. Our SERVPRO technicians heat the wood to break the bonds. Heating also creates enormous vapor pressure in the deeper layers removing moisture through vapor diffusion.

Air plays a vital role during the drying process by holding and transporting the moisture removed from materials. The way air interacts with other aspects of drying, such as temperature, can slow the drying process. As water evaporates from a material, the air next to the surface can become cooler; forming what is known as a boundary layer. The boundary layer ends up saturated with moisture stopping the evaporation process altogether, thus impeding drying. Our SERVPRO technicians are aware of such behavior. That is why we use air movers and even heaters to keep the drying process in-track.

Water removal should happen in a timely yet controlled manner. Taking too long can cause permanent issues such as carpets delaminating or crowning and buckling on wooden floors, among other issues. Working too fast, especially during the drying phase, can make materials crack or warp. Our SERVPRO technicians assess the situation and set manageable drying goals.

Water removal in Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation, and Fort Lauderdale Beach can be a headache. Call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South at (954) 776-2000 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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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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Call Us Immediately If Mold Is Growing In Your Fort Lauderdale Home

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (954) 776-2000 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Mold After The Storm, Call SERVPRO For Help In Your Fort Lauderdale Home!

As we head into hurricane season, Fort Lauderdale homeowners need to be ready. Named storms are not the only concern; every single downpour threatens our roofs and windows, leaving our homes vulnerable to storm damage. However, the danger does not stop when the rainy season ends. On the contrary, water damage may not become evident until a few months have passed. Unaddressed water leaks can invite mold into your home without you even noticing it.

If mold invades your home and you need a reliable mold removal service in Fort Lauderdale, SERVPRO is the answer. Our crew is available 24/7 and ready to protect you and your loved ones from the spread of mold in your home. Many happy customers can attest to the professionalism of our crew and our ability to remove the existing mold while helping you prevent future infestations. The quicker you act, the more you control any losses related to the presence of mold in your home.

A crucial step in eliminating mold from your home is identifying its source. Our SERVPRO team follows the path of the mold and monitors the humidity levels in your home to figure out where excess moisture exists. Mold thrives in humid environments and wherever water has been standing. Once we know where the problem originates, we address it by facilitating repairs to plumbing and other leaks. With the water source under control, we apply anti-fungal solutions and disinfectants to remove the mold from your home. Our staff works carefully to review each affected surface and remove any visible traces of mold. Our expertise helps us assess when it is most cost-effective to replace building materials, such as drywall, instead of repairing them.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is your best option for professional mold removal in the area. Call us at (954) 776-2000 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Commercial Carpet Drying in Fort Lauderdale

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Dries Out Carpets in Ft. Lauderdale Buildings

Trust SERVPRO for Mitigating Damage and Disruptions During Carpet Drying and Restorations


Unless the building is a warehouse, one of the common features in commercial and residential facilities is carpet. Preserving it is a primary goal in every restoration task.

Drying commercial carpets for Fort Lauderdale businesses has its problems and concerns. For SERVPRO technicians, we watch out for Backing Separation (Delamination) and Latex Deterioration as we begin to dry carpets in offices, hallways, customer service, and common areas.

Every carpet has a primary and secondary backing. Latex is the adhesive used by manufacturers to secure the individual fibers to the primary. Another layer of latex holds the primary and secondary backings together. When water remains on the carpet for too long, the latex begins to break down; this results in the backings starting to separate, and the fibers start to come loose. To prevent both actions, we first get rid of the water. Technicians use pumps to remove the majority of it; usually within one day for a single floor of carpeting. With most of it out of the way, we switch to extraction wands; they are commercial-grade vacuums, specially designed to draw out water from carpets and carpet pads with damaging them. As they perform the task, our technicians are trained to watch for any signs of delamination and deterioration.

Since overly aggressive extraction damages carpet, there will always be a small amount of moisture left trapped. Since most commercial carpets do not utilize a carpet pad, it is rarely necessary for us to remove one. To completely dry the carpet, we use a combination of air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to remove the last trace of moisture.

We carefully examine the carpet and then lift a section at opposite ends of a room or hallway. This technique is know as "floating" in the industry. At the entry point, we place an air mover to force warm, dry air under the carpet which pushes out the damp, colder air. To speed the process, we set up a fan to draw the damp air out, which makes the air-mover more efficient. If the room or hallway is extremely humid, we use a dehumidifier to draw moisture from the air. Depending on the size of this piece of equipment, we can draw out over 25 gallons of water each day. Our SERVPRO technicians take pride in working around an active work environment, reducing disruptions to our clients' customers and their employees.

Drying out your business is a relatively simple task, but it is time-consuming. Restoring carpets and other property needs to be handled by a professional service to avoid secondary damage. SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South has decades of experience and stands ready to support our fellow business owners. Call today at (954) 776-2000 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Cleaning Up Flood Damage in Your Ft. Lauderdale Home

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

If your home is affected by storm damage, call SERVPRO immediately to minimize the damage.

Calling Professionals Can Make the Difference Between Saving Your Belongings and Losing Them After Flood Damage


The weather is tough to predict. You never know when a natural disaster like a severe thunderstorm is going to blow through Ft. Lauderdale. However, when it does, storm and flood damage can happen quickly. Hail damages roofs, gusting winds knock structures down, debris flies into buildings, lightning strikes, and torrential rain causes floods to homes and offices.

When your Ft. Lauderdale home has been affected by flooding and flood damage, you want to turn to SERVPRO. Our expert restoration training allows us to do the work needed to get your property back to the condition it was in before the storm. We have fast and efficient storm damage relief and cleanup that you can trust.

We use specialized equipment to quickly and thoroughly extract any standing water on your property. We use truck mounted pumps to do so, and after the water is removed, we use tools that dry out your home as well. These include desiccant dehumidifiers, air movers, and industrial fans. Our staff receives extensive training every year, and we are members of the IICRC.

SERVPRO technicians can also help you with your insurance claims. We work with your insurance company while recovering your home from flood damage, as we know it is a stressful time for you and your family. We can help get your claims settled quickly, so you get the coverage you need and deserve.

Going through a flood in your home can be a scary event. How good the cleanup afterward is and the company you choose to restore your home can make the difference between saving your valuable possessions and not being able to salvage them. Our technicians all genuinely care and help you to repair your property damage, and also help you save any personal possessions which could have been damaged by the flood waters.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South are the ones to get a hold of after your home has been flooded. Anyone living in the areas of Davie, Ft. Lauderdale, or Plantation can reach out to us anytime you need at (954) 776-2000.

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How SERVPRO Remediates Fire Damage in Plantation

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to remove the smoke and soot damage from a fire.

SERVPRO is Your Advocate After Fire Damage in Plantation

Words cannot express the feeling of devastation you may experience when faced with fire damage to your property. Whether a natural disaster caused it and you are one of many facing the need for recovery, or a fire started and affected only you, the result is the same; it is overwhelming. Your most immediate response needs to be quick and effective to avoid damage from spreading and losses from escalating.

When you experience fire damage in Plantation, SERVPRO is there to respond quickly to your call. We are equipped to be one of the fastest in the industry to respond to your call, and we do this by having a team on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, that is not enough. What is most important is that our team is also prepared to apply the latest technology and industry best practices to restore your property and bring it back to normal.

In case of fire damage, our SERVPRO team is often faced with the consequences of the fire itself and with the damage caused by those putting out the fire. There is usually water to contend with, as well as debris that has traveled through your property, along with smoke and soot adhered to much of your walls and the contents of your home. When our Green Fleet arrives, you experience their initial efforts focused on extracting all water remains, drying your property and removing soot as much as possible.  Doing all this while keeping your family and our staff safe is our priority.  

At SERVPRO we are highly trained to undertake a critical next step- deodorizing your home. Our staff is continually being educated in newer products and techniques so they can bring them to you in the case of disaster. Deodorizing after fire damage is extremely important, and we do it according to industry best practices. For example, our team may apply a dry fogging technique to your property. In this process, we disperse solvent-based deodorants by using specialized equipment. The dispersion process allows the solvent to penetrate your home and belongings, which overcomes the odor and eliminates it. Even though it sounds like an straightforward process, it is one that requires many safety precautions and specific steps before the actual fogging.  

Restoration after fire damage is best left to experts such as SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale South. We are not only able to respond to your needs expediently, but we are explicitly trained to restore your property and leave it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (954) 776-2000 and make us part of your team.

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When You Need Water Cleanup Services In Your Davie Home Call The Experts At SERVPRO!

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

You can reach our experts anytime you need by dialing (954) 776-2000, and we waste no time in coming to help you.

Water Cleanup For Your Home In Davie

Your refrigerator and ice maker in your Davie home should be inspected regularly to ensure everything is functioning correctly. If it is not maintained well, it can begin to leak, creating a potential for water and mold damage. A water leak can damage the floors and walls of your kitchen, and needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.

Water cleanup services for your Davie home are essential so that you can get back to life as normal. At SERVPRO, we understand the importance of moving quickly on a job like this, so more damage is not created. With our professionally trained team and specialized tools, it is easy to see why SERVPRO is the right choice.

After arriving at your home and assessing the damage, SERVPRO technicians create a drying goal, which is the condition we want to bring about in the areas that were affected by the leak. Once we establish this goal, your structure is dry again. The drying goal includes moisture content readings from unaffected, dry areas of your home and contents. We take readings in percentage for wood materials and points for non-wood materials.

We also need to set moisture content goals by either establishing a drying standard or recording the average equilibrium moisture content. How much moisture is in dry materials in an undamaged area of the structure is the dry standard. We take readings for moisture content from materials which are dry to get this standard. We determine part of our drying goal from these readings.

We can also use normal equilibrium moisture content of materials for our goal. Moisture content readings of dry materials are taken, then we use the readings as our drying goals.

We use a moisture meter to see if the drying goals are being met and then document every time we monitor it. Our technicians compare the readings to see if the item is indeed drying. After we reach the drying goal, the process of drying is complete.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South carefully monitors your home in Plantation, Ft. Lauderdale, or Davie to ensure it is drying back out after a water damage emergency. You can reach our experts anytime you need by dialing (954) 776-2000, and we waste no time in coming to help you.

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We Are The Team To Call If Your Ft. Lauderdale Home Is Taken Over By A Mold Infestation

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Finding mold growth in your house can be unnerving and upsetting to many homeowners, but the situation isn't going to go away on its own.

The Spread Of Mold Throughout Your Ft. Lauderdale Home

Some disasters affect your Ft. Lauderdale home all at once, spreading damages evenly throughout entire floors of your house and requiring extensive cleanup and even reconstruction to overcome. Other situations are slower to develop but can ultimately cause the same type of devastation if left unchecked. We have a fast response team that can help you to face situations like mold growth that could potentially threaten your property and those that reside in it.

Mold damages in your Ft. Lauderdale home do not go away on their own if you choose to ignore them, despite what many homeowners tend to believe to the contrary. What a situation like fungal growth requires is the efforts of highly-trained technicians with the experience and advanced equipment to remove the organism entirely rather than only removing the immediate top layer of damage as so many DIY methods do. Our SERVPRO professionals have many approaches to help, and this begins with thwarting the spread of the organism throughout your home.

A reason that our team is a wise choice to help you through this trying time is that we get well-equipped with advanced equipment designed to overcome the presence of mold in your home fast. We have tactics to remove mold growth from materials like drywall and wood framing, but also OSHA-approved antimicrobial solutions that can prevent the spread of mold spores to new surfaces in the affected areas by making this material uninhabitable to the organism.

Our highly trained technicians also have equipment like air scrubbers and negative air chambers that can trap mold spores moving throughout the active environment to prevent them from reaching new surfaces to seat and thrive.

Finding mold growth in your house can be unnerving and upsetting to many homeowners, but the situation isn't going to go away on its own. You need professional help from a team that can do the job right and does it fast. Our SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South rapid response team is available 24/7 with the full measure of resources to remove mold colonies from your home and restore the damages they cause. Give us a call at (954) 776-2000.

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Why Fort Lauderdale Property Owners Call SERVPRO for Carpet Drying and Cleaning

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

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Drying Carpets In Fort Lauderdale Homes Done Right

Fort Lauderdale homes suffer flooding almost regularly. Despite the incredible weather we have here, the problem is usually a plumbing failure of some type. To clean and dry carpets after a flood or spillage, every homeowner needs to bring in professional service.
 
So, why SERVPRO? Because when it comes to carpet drying in Fort Lauderdale, we have the tools to take care of every carpet problem you might have after stepping in ankle-deep water in your living room. Whether the water is from a small leak or stormwater from the exterior, we have the answers. Carpets that absorb a large amount of water can have the layers separate in a process called delamination. Fast extraction can prevent this degradation. We detach the edges of the material from the tack boards and slightly roll back the carpet. We then force heated circulation from air movers, and the carpet lifts slightly and floats and ripples. "Floating a Carpet!" This is one method our technicians excel in because of our internal training and adherence to best practices.
 
The difference in a carpet cleaning service depends on the source of the flooding or puddling. Outside flooding carries contaminants such as soil, fertilizers, animal wastes, and other contaminants. We cannot guarantee a carpet is safe after cleaning, so our team leaders recommend that they remove and dispose of it. This discarding also reduces the chances of secondary water damage since a large volume of water is removed along with the carpet and padding. Rapid water removal and drying of carpets is crucial in preventing mold growth.
 
If the water comes from a source like a split water line, we consider it to be clean water and our teams can begin restoration work. One of the new tools SERVPRO has in our inventory is the Rover Weighted Rider Extractor. This line of equipment takes the difficulties of using a large extractor (weight and maneuverability) and reverses these issues into advantages. A SERVPRO technician can stand and ride on this wet vacuum, forcing water out of the coverings without causing damage very efficiently.
 
Before, the weight made moving some extractors very difficult. The design also made using one in corners or around large furniture problematic. The models we use now have improved steering to allow operators to use them almost anywhere. Not only is the weight more evenly distributed, but there is also an adjustable platform that the operator stands on which provides him a better viewpoint for operation and uses the technician's weight as well. It lets us perform the task more evenly, so there are no wet spots when we finish. Our teams may need to remove the carpet pad, but the Rover devices make it easier to lift them away and clean the floor afterward.
 
For small rooms and closets, our SERVPRO technicians use extraction wands. These devices are easier to use, and team members can adjust the vacuum speed and agitation to remove the water without accidentally pulling apart the carpet layers, causing delamination.
 
With these tools and our extensive training programs, SERVPRO of Ft Lauderdale South is the best choice for carpet drying and other restoration tasks. If you need our help to restore your home, call us today at (954) 776-2000 to set up an inspection and get started.

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