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We Use Thermal Foggers After A Disaster In Fort Drum

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Charred Kitchen Our main goal is always to restore your home to preloss conditions “Like it never even happened.”

Using Thermal Foggers During Fire Damage Deodorization In Fort Drum

Heating and electrical equipment inside your Fort Drum home are common causes for structural blazes. A furnace overheating or an electrical short can cause your house to suffer from extensive fire damage. Once the blaze ignites, smoke can fill the interior of your dwelling, leaving behind soot residues and malodor particles. Smoke can also penetrate deeply into materials, making them smell burnt.

When working on any fire damage project in Fort Drum, our SERVPRO technicians know that making your home smell clean and restored is vital. Deodorization can, at times, be difficult and require us to use industrial deodorization equipment. During severe cases, the only way to get rid of foul odors is to dispense chemicals into the affected area that mimic the way smoke behaves.

One way our SERVPRO team can accomplish deodorization is to implement a thermal fogging machine. Thermal foggers vaporize solvent-based or petroleum-based deodorizers, generating a "smoke" or fog consisting of very small particles. The particles generated by the thermal fogger range in size from as small as a one-half micron to as large as 25 microns, approximating the size of odor-generating molecules. The particles make a fog similar to the smoke produced in a fire, enabling the deodorizer to interact more effectively with odor-causing residues.

Thermal fogs are pairing agents, meaning they chemically react with odor-causing residues and eliminate odors rather than just masking them. For this reason, counteracting odors by thermal fogging can be described as odor modification.

Before our SERVPRO crew begins the thermal fogging process, we take steps to prepare your house. We first evacuate all people, pets, and plants from your building. Fogging agents are flammable, so we eliminate all sources of flame, electrical arc, or flash before starting the fogging process.

After the fogging is complete, we then ventilate the air in the structure to remove odors and fumes. We can open windows and set up air movers to exchange the air 40 times to ensure proper ventilation.

If your home in Watertown, Adams, Sackets Harbor, or Carthage is ever the victim of a fire, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County at (315) 777-8377. Our main goal is always to restore your home to preloss conditions “Like it never even happened.”

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How to Turn Water Damage in Waretown Into Success

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

frozen outdoor faucet During the winter, your outdoor faucet can freeze and cause water damage. Should that happen, contact our SERVPRO team immediately for services.

Water Damage Watertown: Outside Water Faucet Freezes

Homes in northern communities have freeze-proof faucets installed in their homes attached to the outdoor faucet the owner uses for watering their garden and lawns. These faucets are supposed to prevent the outdoor portion from freezing in the winter and cracking the water pipe. Many models require the homeowner to drain the pipe from inside the home. This step avoids water freezing inside the pipe that passes through the wall. Forgetting to drain the faucet can cause significant leaks inside the home once the pipe thaws.

SERVPRO responds to many different water damage events in Watertown and surrounding areas. Leaks from a frozen external water faucet is a common one. Homeowners often forget to drain the freeze proof faucet and find water in their basements once it has thawed.

Unfinished Basements

Even unfinished basements can sustain damage from water leaks. The We remove wet insulation on the foundation wall near the leak. Many people store a variety of personal belongings in their basements. Anything on the floor in boxes or loose on the floor must be cleaned and dried.

Basements are often very damp and have higher humidity than the rest of the home. A leak can increase the humidity level causing mold to appear. SERVPRO removes the excess water and installs dehumidifiers to remove the remaining moisture in these situations.

Finished Basements

Basements that have been finished by the homeowner require more invasive treatment to remove excess water and moisture. Often water can be found inside the finished. Water dripped from the pipe in the ceiling down the inside of the wall. We remove the paneling or drywall to expose the insulation and structure. The wet insulation must be removed to expose the structure to be dried.

Water on tiled floors can be vacuumed and dried. Water under raised floors presents added challenges. Any moisture remaining can potentially cause mold to grow within a few days. The floor may need to be removed to expose the subfloor and the area dried accordingly.

Draining the freeze-proof faucets should be on everyone's to-do list in the fall. We are licensed Mold Remediation Contractor License #: 00261.

Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County at (315) 777-8377 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Fort Drum, Adams, Carthage, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Experts Explain The Importance Of The Drying Process In Your Watertown Home

9/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage due to flooding in house “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO Cleans Up Flood Damage Before Starting The Drying Process In Watertown Properties

It is impossible to prevent all emergencies from affecting your Watertown property. Keeping your family safe during and after an unexpected event becomes crucial. We can help make things less stressful for your family while we work on making your residence safely habitable again.

Wanting to maintain the highest efficiency from our remediation efforts when working on your flood damaged home in Watertown is why we perform specific tasks in a specific order. For example, if we used air movers to start drying out the house's interior with high levels of contamination, we would risk spreading microbes into other areas. Not only that, but these stronger air currents would also most likely increase the number of microbes in the air.

Because we do want to restore dry conditions in your home, we work as quickly as we can in a safe manner. Our mitigation, remediation, and restoration work initially requires us to mist a disinfectant on all surfaces. However, this does not kill microbes without coming into contact with them. Anything hidden inside or underneath escapes this initial application.

Another reason we do not start circulating the air from the start of our restoration work is that we do not need to dry materials that became damaged. We only need to remove them and dry the materials that do not require replacing. By extracting carpet and other destroyed flooring, soaked drywall sections, saturated wiring, and furniture with swollen particleboard frames, we decrease the overall drying time needed by a significant amount.

While we might start 'late' with drying things, we still finish on schedule. We also eliminate the possibility of stirring up dust and microbes that can increase the length of time that cleaning up takes us. Obstacles that might have otherwise interfered with the air currents from our air movers get cleared away during cleaning and removal of debris.

The manner that SERVPRO of Jefferson County uses to carry out remediation, mitigation, and restoration work also helps make a stressful and chaotic situation take less time to get back under control. We work diligently so our customers in Fort Drum, Adams, and Carthage can soon put flooding and storm-related disasters behind them, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (315) 777-8377, and our knowledgeable specialists can start the work needed soon after.

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Revealed: How Team SERVPRO Remediates Adams Fire Damage Scenarios

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

residential fire damage to floor and ceiling Fire damage and the water damage that adds in with fire extinguishing can be extensive. Contact SERVPRO right away for remediation.

How SERVPRO Handles Fire Damage to Floors in Adams Homes 

Flooring bears the brunt of fire damage in a home collecting falling debris and charred items; while also surprisingly escaping loss in some cases.

When SERVPRO technicians handle fire damage cleanup in Adams properties, they carefully scope the loss area to determine the restorability factor of the building structure.

Quick Water Extraction

After fire extinguishing efforts, any standing water continues to do further damage to flooring. Including the delamination of floor tiles or glue-down carpeting. Another hazard from excessive moisture left behind is mold. Spores have the potential to germinate and set up home in as little as 24-48 hours if temperatures are above 70F-degrees. The technicians possess a Mold Remediation License #00261 and knowledge to identify and proactively treat areas prone to mold.

Prepping the Cleaning Area

To limit damage to the structure during fire debris cleanup, SERVPRO technicians use corner guards and protective coverings for trim and door jambs. They also lay down walk-off mats to inhibit tracking and safeguard against slip and fall accidents on wet surfaces.

Organized Cleaning Methods

During the scoping of the work-site, an organized grid is set up to ensure a thorough cleanup. SERVPRO technicians move items to the center of the room while cleaning floors. This method results in a faster cleanup of debris from the floor.

Carpet Salvaging After a Fire

In house fires where the carpet did not receive any burn damage, SERVPRO technicians determine whether or not it has restoration potential through their specialized cleaning processes. If necessary, the placement of furniture on blocks to inhibit stain from the furnishings leeching into the wet carpet.

Special Treatment for Hardwood Floors

It may take several repeats to clean a hardwood floor, but SERVPRO technicians repeat the cleaning process until the mop water remains clean after giving the floor a once-over. The deployment of proprietary techniques to dry the floorboards before the completion of further restorative efforts.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County stands ready to assist local property owners with the cleanup and restoration of fire damage. Contact our technicians any time at (315) 777-8377, and we can be on-site within an hour because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Can Save Your Home In Adams After A Fire

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Big fumes of smoke coming out of the second floor of a residential building. “Like it never even happened.”

What To Expect During Fire Damage Cleanup In Adams

A fire in your Adams residence creates a broad range of issues. Our full-service restoration company is well-matched to your needs, managing all phases of fire recovery. Our managers and technicians complete comprehensive training from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in the many tasks needing competition after a fire event.

Exterior Security and Assessment
If extreme fire damage to your Adams home opens your roof surfaces or exterior siding to the elements, our crews rapidly cover holes with boards and tarps. While these essential tasks complete, an experienced project manager inspects the interior damage, ranking the jobs that need completion in order. Your insurance carrier is on board by now, and we work with them throughout the process.

Water Removal and Drying
Large amounts of water and chemicals extinguished the fire, saving your home, but causing damage of a different kind. SERVPRO now focuses on removing contaminated fluids. Safety considerations drive making water remediation a priority, with both slip and fall and electrical shock urgent concerns. Because water restoration is another of our cornerstone services, our multi-certified employees take it on confidently. Structural drying follows as the crew members start the transition to fire residue cleanup.

Soot Removal and Charring Evaluation
The SERVPRO team matches soot damage to the appropriate products, tools, and methods for the three primary types--dry, wet, and protein-based. We also carefully determine what degree of charring is evident on structural components. Some damage can deep clean, brush, or sand off. Other heat and flame harm can be so profound that controlled demolition must take place.

Post Fire Damage Repairing and Rebuilding
SERVPRO starts a fire damage job with mitigation and remediation efforts. We concentrate on stopping the progressive damage of the water and soot, and then clean and disinfect surfaces and ready them for the final restoration tasks. We help our customers arrange for the repairs, replacements, and rebuilding that completes the project. Exterior and interior damage all receive attention, from roof or siding replacement to wall, ceiling, and woodwork repair, to repainting, or even total rebuilds of highly compromised structural components.

As soon as the fire department winds up their final tasks, contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County for help to complete the many additional steps needed for your house to return to preloss condition. We are available 24/7 at (315) 777-8377, awaiting our chance to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Watertown Home Smelly after a Water Loss? SERVPRO is Closeby

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Poly duct leading from a basement window to extract moisture SERVPRO Provides lay-flat tubing with desiccant dehumidifiers to extract water vapor from this Watertown basement. Whatever it takes!

How to Avoid Mold and Get Water Odors Out of Your Watertown Home

Water damage is the second most common type of insurance claim filed in the United States. It is estimated that billions of dollars in damage occur as a direct result of water loss, including mold and foul odors that require remediation. One of the main reasons that unpleasant scents linger in a home afterward is due to inadequate water cleanup.

Rapid Water Spill Removal Mitigates Damages
When damage occurs in a Watertown home, attention to the affected areas in the house, and furnishings are a top priority. When SERVPRO arrives at the home, we immediately use our various types of detection equipment to determine the location of all excessive areas of moisture. We work fast to move out items that have restoration potential to another area of the property or our location.

Equipment and Methods Salvage Furnishings
Then we remove water from the home. We have special attachments for pulling moisture out of upholstered furnishings as well as weighted extraction heads to push the water out of wet carpet padding. These methods assist with saving furnishings and stopping them from becoming a loss.
 
Mold Can Be a Secondary Problem--Dry, Dry, Dry
Standard home cleanup methods cannot effectively remove water that migrates under subflooring or behind walls. Moreover, once there, it has the potential to encourage dormant mold spores to germinate and build colonies if temperatures are ideal. Our SERVPRO location holds a Mold Remediation license #00261, and we know the signs to look for to stop for the formation of mold colonies. After drying, there are many steps we take to ensure that both mold and water odors do not become an after-the-fact issue.

?    Confirming ambient room humidity is under 50% after achieving drying goals
?    Thorough hand cleaning with professional-grade antibacterial cleaners
?    Application of antimicrobial sealers in areas that have the potential for mold growth
?    Use of odor control methods to eradicate residual water odors

When any kind of water damage affects your property, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County at (315) 777-8377. Our certified technicians work fast and thoroughly to make the water loss in your home "Like it never even happened."

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Watertown Hotel After Flood

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Air movers on a shelve in a warehouse ready to be used When you have storm damage, SERVPRO is always ready. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to take you call.

Tips for Flood Recovery in Your Watertown Hotel

Guests look to your quaint Watertown hotel as a welcomed respite from the road, or a place to stay throughout a prolonged look into all the area has to offer. As a business owner, you have likely already experienced the detrimental effects of flooding in the area over the past several years, and it continues to be a threat to your facility and guests that have already arrived. While you have an experienced custodial staff and maintenance department, flood recovery might best get left to qualified professionals that can arrive quickly to reduce your losses.

As it should, the safety and wellbeing of your guests take a priority when addressing flood damage in your Watertown hotel. With this in mind, there are specific steps that you can take until our SERVPRO professionals arrive to reduce the loss that your business could sustain and to help your guests stay safe and comfortable despite the challenges of partial flooding in other areas of your property. Here are some things to consider:

 -      You should relocate guests to a safe area of your hotel, and if done quickly enough, might allow them to be entirely unaffected by the spreading flood damage.

-      If possible, you can seal over breaches in the exterior of your hotel damaged in a storm. These can often be a source for flooding, and covering them with tarps or plywood can reduce or eliminate further water penetration.

-      While our SERVPRO team has a very accomplished and well-trained contents department, you can help reduce loss by moving at-risk items and furniture to higher elevations and areas you do not expect to suffer flooding.

-      You can utilize specific extraction tools like wet-vacs if you have them in your facility to help slow the spread of floodwater throughout the building while our professionals are in route.

Protecting your guests and your facility are top priorities when faced with flooding. Give our SERVPRO of Jefferson County team a call anytime at (315) 777-8377 to make these loss incidents “Like it never even happened.”

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If Your Assisted Living Facility In Adams Is Damaged By A Flood, Let Our Crew Save Your Property!

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

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Managing Commercial Flood Damage At Your Adams Assisted Living Facility

Flood damage can cause major inconveniences when it affects any property. However, when such damage occurs in a facility catering for people who need specialized care, the level of inconvenience is even higher. Unless water removal and cleaning of contaminants are expedited, you might end up relocating the residents to protect them from the effects of flooding. The professional flood mitigation services we offer can help prevent such adverse outcomes.

Whether there is a major or minor incident of commercial flood damage in your Adams assisted living facility, you should respond fast. A fast response can mean different things, including immediate extraction of standing water or preventive actions such as boarding up to prevent further deterioration. The chosen action should help prevent highly inconveniencing actions such as moving the residents. WRT, Water Restoration Technician training helps our SERVPRO team carry out various actions when scoping the level of damage, allowing us to determine the best response plan.

Contamination can pose serious health risks to the residents at your facility. If the flooding occurs from groundwater or sewage backup, it is likely to contain dangerous contaminants such as biohazards and chemicals. In case of flooding from rainwater such as when strong wind or falling debris breach the roof, the risk of contamination is low. By having the right protective equipment, our SERVPRO crews can wade through any water, ensuring we take the necessary remedial measures in time. Immediately after arriving at the loss site, we spray EPA registered disinfectants directly into the water then start other cleanup procedures immediately.

Comfort is a significant aspect of most assisted leaving facilities. However, when a flood strikes, the materials that improve that comfort can worsen the situation. Materials such as carpets and insulation that keep your facility comfortable and warm tend to absorb significant amounts of water. They also tend to retain contaminants even after thorough cleaning because of their porous nature. Our SERVPRO technicians remove carpets during cleaning to eliminate the risks posed by contaminants. We also perform controlled teardown to remove insulation and other building materials.

You can take back control of your assisted living facility faster with professional assistance. Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County at (315) 777-8377 to help take the right steps. We have the means to address any damage “Like it never even happened.”

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Watertown Problems from Earth, Wind, or Fire? SERVPRO Can Help with Mitigation

7/6/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage? Storm or Mold Problems? SERVPRO Can Even Pack-Out Your Problems from Your Watertown Home and Return Them "Like it never even ha

How Restoration Services Can Return Your Watertown Property to Pre-Loss Condition

Home emergencies in Watertown crop up at the most inconvenient times. Our restoration services are here to help you overcome problems and get back to your everyday life as quickly as possible. Highly trained technicians with Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) are available for the remediation of fire, water, mold or storm damages that your property may sustain. You can always reach out to us on our emergency call lines which are operated twenty-four hours a day to arrange a service.

Fire
Property fires are rarely severe enough to require extensive reconstruction, but when you need to professional help to restore fire damage in Watertown, our technicians have a wealth of experience. We often find that fires begin in the kitchen and are mostly confined to that area. However, smoke residues, and with them, malodors, can often spread throughout the home.

Protein fires, caused by the burning of animal fats, typically involves greasy deposits on walls, ceilings, and surfaces. Greasy deposits can spread quickly but, since the burning of these materials is quick, the level of damage sustained to paintwork or finish is minimal. Using standard wet cleaning methods with a combination of non-corrosive chemical agents or sanitizers helps to avoid replacements in your Watertown home.

Malodors are particularly prominent in protein fires. Sometimes, clearing away visible signs of soiling and thoroughly decontaminating all surfaces is enough to remove a malodor. However, when odors persist a SERVPRO technician can use a range of deodorizing methods to get your Watertown home back to preloss condition. These methods could include spray deodorants for soft furnishings or mattresses, the strategic placing of pellets, or full-scale fumigation using thermal fogging equipment. Some of our products pair chemically with the offensive-smelling molecules to neutralize the odors.

Storm
When your home suffers storm damages in Watertown, you can reach out to our rapid response teams. High winds can cause damages to structural contents including blowing out windows, doors or loosening tiles on your roof. The impact of these damages can often be felt after the event when heavy rainfall or debris enters the home. SERVPRO rapid response units are available out of hours to perform emergency board-ups and address safety concerns.

Weather warnings are usually broadcast from local stations before an event like this which should prepare you for what is to come. SERVPRO technicians can arrive onsite to perform quick procedures that can prevent permanent damages, in some cases. Flooring and contents, in particular, can benefit from fast-drying and anti-microbial treatments to prevent secondary issues like mold growth from occurring in your Watertown property.

When weather conditions are especially severe, contaminated water may enter the home. These scenarios usually occur as a result of flash flooding, bringing in animal carcasses, herbicides, and other pathogens, or road overflow which can carry in raw sewage. In a contaminated water emergency, it is vital that you seek professional assistance from restoration services with the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) and qualifications to deal with contaminated waste correctly.

Water
Restoration services cover three aspects of a property: contents, structural contents, and the light damage to the structure itself. When you suffer from water damage in Watertown, the best thing to do is bring in professional help. SERVPRO technicians train in a range of property emergencies but always work with a restore over replace mentality. That can mean that we do not need to replace waterlogged contents, which may hold sentimental value.

Residual moisture can damage most areas of your home- furnishings absorb it, floorboards can become warped by it, and paintwork often shows signs of discoloration. In situations where the water damage is considered severe, if you are away for an extended period for example, SERVPRO may need to perform a pack out service.

Pack-outs involve moving possessions into an external storage facility in Watertown. This has two distinct benefits. The first is it allows greater access to bring in applied structural drying equipment like dry mats, injectidry systems, or truck-mounted extractors. The second is that it allows us to restore particular possessions using specialized equipment. Dense materials like chandeliers or drapery rods, for example, can often be restored using ultrasonic immersion cleaning methods. Our restoration services can use any means necessary to get your home back to a preloss condition, begin by phoning our emergency call line.

Mold
Microbial growth can often reside in hidden areas of the home, developing over time into a serious issue. The remediation of mold growth in Watertown can be carried out by restoration services without the need for conducting expensive laboratory testing. The visible symptoms of mold could include a musty aroma in some regions of the home or soiling on walls, furnishings, and fabric. SERVPRO technicians are available for thorough remediation of your Watertown home.

Microbes are living organisms that thrive in warm, humid conditions. In tackling a mold problem, the first step is to identify the source. Failure to do so means that any work carried out simply deals with the cosmetic signs of microbial growth and is likely to return to your Watertown home shortly after service. Where moisture resides inside cavities, SERVPRO technicians can deploy structural cavity drying equipment in the form of injectidry systems or rapid-air movers that circulate warm air inside the void.

With the source of mold remediated, our restoration services include a thorough cleaning, removal of heavy-set soiling, and deodorization. Some structural contents like insulation may have to be removed and disposed of, but these components are inexpensive to replace. Valuable fabrics can be restored using Esporta mechanical washing machines that are capable of removing 99% of soiling.

To ensure that our remediation of mold is complete, SERVPRO mold technicians can apply anti-microbial treatments and biocides to the affected area of your Watertown home. These treatments include sprays, finishes and base-coat painting which are proven to be effective in reducing and controlling microbial growth.

By using our restoration services for fire, water, mold, or storm damages, you give your home the best chance of returning to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County at (315) 777-8377.

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You Can Count On Our Experts To Restore Your Water Damaged Hardwood Floors In Watertown

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

We can help to prevent unnecessary tear out and reinstallation and can make flood loss effects “Like it never even happened.”

Protecting Hardwood In Watertown Homes From Flood Damage

Hardwood floors are a unique addition to many Watertown properties, which can increase their overall value and boost aesthetic appeal. Unfortunately, in situations like water loss incidents and flooding, without an immediate response by competent and qualified professionals, hardwood can end up being a costly material to remove and ultimately replace once oversaturation, warping, and distortion occurs. We have advanced tools and equipment that can help to quickly reduce the presence of moisture and saturation in these materials, and safely regulate a healthy moisture content level moving forward.

Even for the dense material that hardwood flooring is, saturation is an effect of flood damage in Watertown homes that can happen quickly. Standing water can penetrate the seams between the planks, offering the most direct approach to surround planks with water and begin absorbing into this material. Much like water loss incidents, the right response to seal over a vulnerability in your home’s construction can reduce the overall threat of floodwater that you inevitability face.

Our SERVPRO professionals can begin with addressing the penetration of floodwater when we first arrive at your address shortly after your initial call.  Our general contractors can handle multiple facets of recovery, including the demolition and reinstallation of this hardwood flooring should you wait too long to reach out to professional restoration services like ours. These building trades specialists can offer immediate temporary construction solutions like boarding and tarping to prevent further floodwater penetration.

Extraction must happen quickly to prevent further exposure of the individual planks to over absorption and saturation. We can utilize specialized tools like our injectidry system and drying mats to slowly draw moisture from these damaged areas in a controlled manner. We can continually monitor the moisture content to ensure that we do not overly dry the planks, which can be as damaging as saturation.

Caring for a hardwood floor after a flood can be challenging without the specialized equipment and effective approaches used by our SERVPRO of Jefferson County team. We can help to prevent unnecessary tear out and reinstallation and can make flood loss effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (315) 777-8377.

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