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Why does SERVPRO Use Activated Carbon Filters during Mold Remediation in Largo?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

mold damaged home For help with mold in your house, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

Largo Homeowners Need State of the Art Mold Remediation

Any Largo homeowner who deals with fungal growth knows how frustrating it can be. That is why if you call a professional to help, you want to know they will use the best equipment and techniques.


If you need mold remediation in your Largo home, call SERVPRO. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we train our technicians in the latest industry-standard practices to ensure you get the best results.

What is an activated carbon filter?
Carbon is used in mold remediation in Largo because it has absorbent properties, which means contaminant particles have a chemical reaction to the carbon, which causes them to stick to it. Activated carbon is carbon that is treated to be much more porous. The added pores increase the overall surface area of the carbon so it can trap many more particles.

How can activated carbon help in mold remediation?
Activated carbon can trap many kinds of particles, including:
    •    Dust and dander
    •    Lint and pet hair
    •    Smoke, chemicals, and mold

If mold spores are stuck in a carbon filter, they cannot re-enter the air in your home. If the spores cannot get back into the air, then they cannot find new places in your home to start new mold colonies.

How does SERVPRO use activated carbon filters?
One of our essential pieces of kit during remediation is an air scrubber. An air scrubber is a filtration system that uses HEPA filtration to trap microscopic particles, such as mold, and prevent them from escaping. Air scrubbers often have more than one filter, including an activated carbon filter.
Using activated carbon makes HEPA filters more effective because:
    •    The carbon filter traps larger particles such as dust
    •    Fewer particles make it as far as the HEPA filter
    •    The filter will work for longer.

What else does activated carbon do?
Activated carbon is an excellent deodorizer. This is good news during mold remediation as the fungus has a distinctive and unpleasant odor. Our customers frequently tell us that the moldy smell is one of the worst parts of discovering fungus in their homes. We can use activated carbon alongside odor-eating pellets, spot treatments, and fogging to make sure your home smells better.

For help with mold in your house, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

How Many Companies Should a Homeowner in Largo Call after Flood Damage?

10/11/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room with couch and coffee table Flood damage can quickly affect your home. Contact our expert technicians for water removal services.

Largo Homeowners are Concerned about Coordinating Flood Damage Cleanup Efforts

Dealing with a home disaster in Largo can be overwhelming. It is a shock when tragedy befalls your home, and you might find yourself feeling unsure of who to call first. Unfortunately, inaction can lead to worse damage, so it is good to know who to call.

If you are the victim of flood damage in your Largo home, you might wonder what to do and how many companies you will need to call. You find yourself wondering:

  • Who will clean up the water?
  • What if the walls or ceiling are damaged and unsafe?
  • What about the soft furnishings – will you need to send them out for specialist cleaning?
  • What happens if a room needs redecorating?

At first, it can seem like you will need a never-ending stream of professionals. You might need a remediation company to pump away the water, a plumber or electrician to fix relevant problems, a builder to replace a sagging ceiling, and a decorator to re-decorate a damaged room.

Thankfully, you can put all of those worries down and call SERVPRO of Largo instead.

What happens when you call SERVPRO?

We will arrange for a callback within the hour, and one of our remediation experts will visit your home within four hours. Timing is crucial when dealing with Largo flood damage. Call us as soon as you can – we are available 24 hours. Delaying puts your home and belongings at risk of:

  • Further damage to personal belongings and soft furnishings
  • An increased chance of fungal growth
  • Deteriorating safety levels if there is damage to your home's structure

What can SERVPRO help with?

We train our technicians to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration and Certification standards. That means they are experts in all areas of flood damage remediation and can take care of the project from start to finish.

We begin by assessing your home's damage and explaining what we can salvage, what we cannot, and what the cleaning process will look like. Our first step is to make the worksite safe. If necessary, we board up doors and windows, cover roofs with a tarp, and ensure there is a secure electricity supply for our equipment. We provide our teams with heavy-duty aprons, gloves, and respiratory equipment to ensure their safety.

Then we use free-standing and truck-mounted pumps to vacuum water from your home. The more water we extract at the beginning, the easier it is to dry your house and contents. We can also measure moisture in the air and building materials to give a clearer picture of the damage's extent.

We employ air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home. If necessary, we can also bring in portable heaters. Our SERVPRO teams are experts in the science of drying and know how best to place the equipment. We monitor drying to ensure we get the results we are looking for.

What about cleaning?

We understand that homeowners are worried about cleaning drapes, carpets, textiles, and upholstery after flood damage. Whether we can salvage these items depends on the extent of the damage and whether there are contaminants in the water.

We try to restore items rather than replace them, so you can rest assured that if we can salvage something by cleaning, we will. Some items can be cleaned in place, using hot water extraction or spot cleaning. In some cases, we will send items to our specialist cleaning facility. You do not need to take your items to a dry-cleaner or call in a cleaning company – we will clean for you.

What happens if a project needs specialist expertise?

Flood damage can cause extensive damage to a home. Our technicians can help with:

  • Fixing sagging ceilings or water-logged drywall
  • Replacing damaged doors and windows
  • Restoring or removing damaged electrical items
  • Replacing carpets and repainting and re-papering walls
  • Fixing plumbing and electrical problems

If your home needs specialist repairs that our team cannot carry out, we will bring in contractors and ensure they work to our high standards. That saves you the headache of calling in multiple contractors.

What about the insurance adjuster?

Our team can also liaise with your insurance adjuster for you. We can give them a clear picture of the damage and our remediation suggestions. Our focus on repair rather than replacement reduces the cost of remediation and makes it easier to start an insurance claim.

Whether a disaster is big or small, you can rely on us to take care of everything and leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

For help with flood damage, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

Can Largo Businesses Fail Because of Flooding?

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

boots on flooded floor If your retail outlet becomes flooded, contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

SERVPRO is a Commercial Flood Damage Team that can Fix your Largo Property Faster.

Are high street stores at risk of flooding?

A high street retailer located in the center of a Largo, where there may be more congested drainage systems, may fare worse than malls and retail parks in the face of flooding. Unfortunately, business flooding can affect retail stores and give them little opportunity to re-open their doors in the immediate future. This can be incredibly tough for independent retailers as local economies are squeezed, and temporary closure affects monthly trade revenues. SERVPRO is a qualified commercial flood recovery service that can enter the property, remove water, and restore any damages to a preloss condition.

When is it safe to re-open a business after flooding?

- Once the property is dry and free from contamination
- The property has had a full safety inspection
- Sometimes, a visit from an industrial hygienist may be necessary before re-opening

Is my business safe after flooding?

Part of the job of commercial flood damage technicians is to protect your Largo business. Most retailers have large window displays. These can often be broken by flash flooding, high winds, or flying debris. SERVPRO technicians can install full boards over windows to secure a structure during the period of closure. These board-ups can be essential to preventing looting or unlawful entry while restoration services are underway. Our technicians may also be able to recommend temporary security services to protect the premises and include fees within our overall service to ensure you only deal with one point of contact.

How does flooding hurt a business?

- Stock losses as well as building damage that can be expensive to repair
- Loss of revenues during a temporary closure or restoration
- Higher chances of looting, trespass, or other forms of illegal activity

If your retail outlet becomes flooded, contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

How Can I Make Sure My Home is Safe for Myself and Workers During the Fire Restoration Process?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

Respirator mast/PPE Safety is our priority. You can count on our professionals with state of the art equipment to quickly restore your home so you can return safely.

SERVPRO Takes Safety Precautions Seriously when Cleaning Your Largo Residence.



A fire in your Largo home in Pinellas County can be utterly overwhelming as you decide what course of action to take. Safety is the first concern, and it is vital to remove all imminent dangers from your house. Technicians thoroughly scope the damage while ensuring a safe working environment.

Do I Need to Leave My House During the Cleanup Process?

SERVPRO Creates an Individualized Plan Catered to Your Unique Situation in Largo.

We understand that each fire damage restoration project in Largo comes with its own set of issues and that property owners may not want to leave the property during the cleanup and repair process. However, it would be best for you to consider factors such as your electricity and water status. Together, you decide with the SERVPRO project manager or team leader, whether or not your home is inhabitable during the restoration process. 

What Are Some Safety Issues to Consider?

  • Homeowners and restorers must communicate throughout the restoration process to establish procedures, particularly on securing the worksite. 
  • Both homeowners and technicians should keep the area clean and organized to eliminate further safety hazards.
  • Technicians should wear PPE (personal protective equipment) during the restoration process.

What Is Proper PPE Protocol for Fire Restoration?

  • PPE should be clean before each use. 
  • Technicians wear respirators when dealing with organic or chemical vapors and debris. As a homeowner, if you see a technician wearing a respirator, it is safe to say that you either need a respirator or you should steer clear of the area where they are working.
  • When wearing gloves, they should be chemical resistant for skin safety to avoid blisters or irritation. 

For 24/7 assistance completing your home restoration project, contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

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How Do I Choose a Company to Clean Up Water Damage?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

insurance policy document SERVPRO Cleans Up and Restores Water Damaged Clearwater Properties--While Working within Insurance Guidelines

SERVPRO brings decades of experience and the latest in restoration techniques to local Clearwater properties in need

It seems the most inconvenient times are when hot water tanks fail, toilets back up, pipes burst, or that leak in the roof happens. When you need water cleanup in your Clearwater home, the key is to begin as soon as possible with the extraction and drying. Some of the key elements to look for when choosing a local restoration services company are: 

  • Ask about water-restoration related certifications
  • Find out about the equipment that gets used
  • Will the company work with your insurance carrier?
  • Is there a policy to inhibit out-of-pocket charges by working within the scope of coverage?
  • Does the company have access to professional-grade cleaning agents, antimicrobials, and antibacterial solutions?

Can Water Damage Restoration Companies Do Repairs As Well As Cleanup? 

When choosing among local water restoration companies in Clearwater, you already know the necessary information to ask about. Getting repairs done after the water removal and drying of the structure makes the whole process seamless. With their general contractor license #CBC1250662, SERVPRO technicians can handle any needed repairs or reconstruction to every part of your home. Commonly needed repairs the technicians provide include: 

  • Replacement of sheetrock on walls and ceilings
  • Installation of tile
  • Refinishing or replacement of hardwood floorboards
  • Painting and other cosmetic services

The technicians work to save homeowners the cost of repairs and replacement whenever possible. The use of equipment such as an infrared camera to identify water location assists in assuring that no moisture gets left behind. Other sensitive moisture detectors and hygrometers help the techs measure the amounts of moisture saturation throughout the home. Once they pinpoint all the locations, they can use their powerful extraction equipment to remove the majority of the water. Even if the water in the home is several inches deep, they have the equipment to handle it.

Special Water Damage Situations 

When the water contains sewage, chemicals, or other harmful elements, the techs have training and experience handling biohazard-level cleanup jobs. The job entails wearing protective gear, and most importantly, respiration equipment aspirating water vapor can prove harmful. There are different types of containment, such as simple barriers made from heavy gauge plastic sheeting or setting up negative air chambers, both methods work to inhibit the potential for cross-contamination.

Floodwater from heavy storms or hurricanes is part of living in this part of the state, and it is crucial to work with a restoration services company that has the experience of dealing with this type of damage. This type of water intrusion event frequently needs controlled demolition. Sheetrock deteriorates rapidly and sagging ceilings or buckling walls can present safety hazards and require removal. The techs remove only the damaged portion and leave the rest of the structure intact to limit the amount of rebuilding needed to restore the home.

Removing Mold from a Clearwater, Florida Property? 

In short, it is impossible to remove naturally occurring airborne mold spores that are floating harmlessly both indoors and outdoors. However, when the conditions in your home become right in terms of a damp area with temperatures that sustain growth, you can have a spreading mold infestation in your home. Once mold establishes itself, it will not go away on its own and should have professional remediation to halt the process. The techs will also investigate and find out the reason for the mold growth and suggest remedies to stop the situation from continuing.

SERVPRO technicians have comprehensive training and certification to handle mold remediation #MRSR1163 in your home. They carefully contain the area to prevent any spread of the spores to other areas of the house and dry the existing colonies. Afterward, they remove the dry matter using manual methods or automated techniques such as soda or ice blasting to remove the dried mold without marring the surface it is on.

Once the structure gets dried and treated for any mold issues, the technicians focus their attention on any remaining residual water odors. The distinctive musty smell can get removed through the use of deodorizing cleaning agents, the use of gel pellets, or more robust methods such as thermal fogging or hydroxyl generators. The techs choose the appropriate method based on the level of scent control needed in the home.

SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 is proud to serve the local area as one of the premier water restoration companies. Their trained, certified technicians are available 24/7 and arrive quickly on site. The techs work diligently to return your home to tiptop shape.

Are All Mold Remediation Companies Capable of Restoring Commercial Premises?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall and ceiling Mold can be off-putting to customers. Call SERVPRO for remediation.

Commercial Mold Removal Typically Requires Industrial Equipment and Resources. SERVPRO is a Largo-based Mold Remediator for your Business

Can I prevent mold in a commercial building?

Mold can grow if there is ample food supply, moisture, and temperature within your Largo business. Some of the most effective treatment for microbial growth is preventative. Identifying and repairing leaks in the structure or plumbing system can be a cost-saving method of controlling microbial growth. Equally, acting quickly at the first signs of mold using a dehumidifier and ventilating the space can be useful measures. However, there will be periods of inactivity in the building for many commercial businesses, for example, outside of working hours. If a microbial issue gets out of control, it can cause business interruption forcing a temporary closure. SERVPRO is a dedicated mold remediator that can ensure business interruption is minimal.

What measures can be taken against mold growth?

A professional commercial mold damage remediator in Largo typically conducts an air toxicity test when arriving on site. We may perform this test in both the affected area and the surrounding rooms. Depending on the infestation size, our team may need to bring industrial dehumidifiers, disinfectants, air scrubbers, and large air-movers. Our team can disinfect the area to create a sanitary environment. Using negative air pressure or decontamination tents may be set up in your property, ensuring that mold spores do not become airborne or spread.

  • What types of mold commonly affect commercial properties?
  • Penicillium which appears as a yellow or green mold colony
  • Aspergillus which frequently occurs in indoor environments
  • Stachybotrys also known as black mold

To minimize business interruption and maintain your commercial premises' safety due to microbial growth, contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060. 

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Water Leaked into my Tiled Florida Room, How Do I Make Sure There is No Lasting Damage?

8/16/2020 (Permalink)

device with green hoses inserted into baseboard area of wall SERVPRO provides advanced equipment like this Injecti-Dry system to eliminate the remaining moisture after a water-damaging event in Largo

Our SERVPRO Technicians in Largo Mitigate Water Damage with Rapid Extraction

Moisture and humidity are an uncomfortable part of living in Largo. Anything that adds excess moisture is undesirable. For instance, water leaking into your Florida room from your kitchen adds to already-high humidity levels. If left too long, excess moisture may attract insects or foster difficult-to-remove mold growth. Detecting, drying, and removing the moisture right away is crucial to the timely repair of your home.

How Did Water Get Under the Tiles?

SERVPRO Inspects to Detect Hidden Moisture

There are always unique obstacles to water restoration projects in Largo, each requiring customized solutions. For instance, during their preliminary damage scope, our technicians may find water under the tiles when using moisture detection equipment. Typically, moisture can appear under flooring when there is pre-existing damage like cracks in the tiles themselves or damaged grouting. If moisture goes undetected under the tiles, you may face more extensive damage like the tiles lifting.

What Equipment Does SERVPRO Use to Remove the Excess Moisture?

  • To dry hidden areas in hard-surfaced flooring, technicians may use Injectidry equipment by the trim work and lower walls.
  • A combination of panels and hosing make up our Injectidry system that pulls excess moisture from the tiles.
  • Technicians use low-profile air moving equipment such as the Velo™ Air Mover in conjunction with a dehumidifier to pull moisture from the air while blowing warm air over the tiles to dry them.

What Makes Low-Profile Air Movers Different from Regular Box Fans?

  • Velo™ air movers feature high-velocity air movement while only drawing 1.9 amps.
  • They have broad airflow that covers a larger surface area, allowing for uniform drying across your tile flooring.
  • Technicians can position them both horizontally and vertically for optimal drying. 

For prompt 24/7 assistance dealing with water damage, contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060. We make it "Like it never even happened. "

What Emergency Services Do You Provide If A Fire Occurs in My Home?

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

smoke filling room; surrounding smoke detector Smoke and fire can damage are very stressful for homeowners. SERVPRO can help. We are trained and equipped for complete fire damage remediation.

SERVPRO has Professionally Trained Technicians That Can Provide Emergency Fire Mitigation to Any Largo Home Damaged by fire 

If your residence in Largo should ever need fire restoration services, you want a company that will be there from start to finish. SERVPRO steps in and provides emergency services and then moves on to clean up, repair, and restoration. 

What are Emergency Services? 

When you call SERVPRO because of fire damage to your Largo home, emergency fire mitigation happens first. Emergency services: 

  • Reduce losses to the property
  • Reduce claims expense
  • Minimize the disruption to you
  • Provide a safe work site
  • Prepare the site for cleanup and restoration work 

What Are the Steps Taken During This Process? 

Each home and fire are different, but some necessary steps typically happen in the process. Safety is foremost for anyone going into the structure. So, the first step is to conduct building inspections allowing the crew to check for any safety or health hazards present. Here are some other measures we take in the beginning. 

  • Board up the residence.This protection prevents any unwanted intrusions into your home. It also protects against the weather.
  • Extract water and dry the structure. Water is a necessary part of extinguishing a fire. Excessive water needs extracted, and the structure requires drying out. Our crews set up drying equipment and monitor moisture content.
  • Establish emergency electricity. A temporary power source needs set up immediately.
  • Deodorize areas that are affected. Removing odors is not always done right away. If the smoke odors are overpowering, then deodorizing right away may be required. Air scrubbers or thermal fogging get used.
  • Initial cleaning begins. It can include cleaning personal items needed by occupants wherever they are staying. It prevents secondary damage from soot residues. It can also involve pre-treating items such as carpets and removing charred remains.
  • Pest extermination if needed. If there is a problem with pests, this needs to be dealt with right away. We move contents to the warehouse after ensuring the removal of all pests. 

What Can I Do to Help? 

Your home is not just a building where you and your family eat and sleep. It is a treasure trove of memories and items that mean something to you. Your home is grandma’s dishes, a child’s artwork, and dad’s war memorabilia. Your first impulse is naturally going to be to help. But the things you do can impact the cleaning and restoration if not handled the right way. Improper cleaning can make restoration harder, if not impossible.  

Things to Do That Can Help 

If the structure is sound and you can go inside the home safely, certain things are helpful. You can cover carpeting and furniture with towels or old linens to prevent further fire damage in Largo. We ensure they are colorfast. Limit the amount of movement in the house as this spreads the soot. Be sure your hands are clean at all times. If you have residue on your hands, you can cause more fire damage to anything you touch. Things like faucets and appliances can get cleaned with a light lubricant coating in the kitchen and bathroom areas. Empty the refrigerator and freezer of food. You could change furnace filters if your HVAC system were running. 

What Not to Do 

You may want to do things that look easy, but do not attempt them. For example, do not clean any walls. Do not operate electrical appliances or equipment until they have been cleaned and inspected. If you have clothing that is smoke damaged, do not send it out to the dry cleaners. Unless they have the training to treat clothing that has been in a fire, the process can embed the smells and residues. Please keep in mind carbon monoxide, and smoke residue may still be around, so never enter a severely burnt home until you know it is safe. 

Let Us Manage the Stress of the Mess 

The more you leave in the hands of our fire damage experts, the better. Your job is to keep your family together and calm. Our job is to clean and restore your home and leave it, “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO’s crew are professionally trained and certified: 

  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT
  • Contractor Licenses: General: CBC1250662
  • Contractor Licenses: Mold Remediation: MRSR1163

Contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for expert fire damage service. We assist you and your insurance, ensuring everything gets handled properly. You can have peace of mind knowing we are doing everything possible to restore your home. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Should I Worry About Flooding if I Have a Concrete Block Largo House?

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Yes, Every Type of Largo Home Can Suffer From Flood Damage

As a Florida resident, you understand that you have a high probability of encountering a flood at some point, especially during intense summer storms or even named hurricanes. Homes in Largo typically do not have a basement like homes in northern states. However, being at or below sea level increases the overall flooding risk. Concrete block homes may not have as much visible damage from floods, but there can be underlying issues, especially when they go undetected.

How Can I Tell if There is Damage in My Concrete Block Home?

SERVPRO Uses State-of-the-Art Moisture Sensor Technology to Detect Hidden Moisture
Navigating flood damage to your Largo home can be difficult if you have never experienced a home disaster. This seemingly catastrophic event may be amplified if the damage is not readily visible. Concrete blocks are thick and allow for moisture to fall into cracks, and behind walls easily. There is the potential for excess moisture to rest for long periods. Property owners may only sense a problem when secondary damage, such as unwanted mold growth, appears.

What Processes Do Technicians Use to Mitigate Further Damage in My Home?

• SERVPRO removes excess category three flood water with portable and truck-mounted extraction equipment.
• Technicians use industrial-strength air movers to direct air behind the drywall and into the concrete block cavities.
• Restoration specialists remove excess moisture through the use of dehumidifiers containing HEPA filters.

Our technicians understand the gravity of experiencing loss due to flooding or other natural disasters and take measures to ensure our clients' safety and comfort. For assistance after a flood, Contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

What Should I Do if My Dishwasher in Largo Leaks and Water Gets Behind My Kitchen Cabinets?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking onto a floor in a kitchen Moisture left behind after water damage can create more issues for you and your home. Contact SERVPRO for water damage mitigation.

For Water Mitigation Inside Your Kitchen in Largo Call SERVPRO

Any appliance inside your Largo home that has water running to it is susceptible to malfunctioning and leaking out moisture. For instance, your dishwasher could develop a break in one of its hoses or leak from the machine itself, causing H2O to enter your kitchen.

How can you tell if my kitchen cabinets got wet or if there is moisture underneath them?

During water mitigation inside your Largo kitchen, our SERVPRO technicians can use a non-penetrating moisture meter to detect the presence of moisture in, behind, and underneath your cabinets. Most kitchen cabinets are made with either laminated MDF, solid or engineered wood. Engineered cabinets are similar to solid wood cabinets, but they are made by pressing thin pieces of wood together and then laminating the surface. MDF also has a laminated layer on each side of the material.

Can you restore my cabinets once they get wet?

When dealing with solid wood cabinets, most of the time, they are restorable. Engineered wooden cabinets, though, may delaminate, which can ruin them. Laminate cabinets can also swell and delaminate, making them unrestorable. However, in many cases, we can dry out your cabinets before any swelling or delamination takes place.

How can you dry out my cabinets?

  • Air Movers- We can set up air movers to create an air circulation that can speed up the natural evaporation process. If possible, we can remove the bottom part of your cabinets so that the air can get pushed underneath them.
  • Dehumidifiers- These machines can speed up drying and evaporation by removing moisture from the atmosphere.
  • Injection Drying- In some cases, the baseboard can be removed from the bottom of your cabinets, and holes can get drilled so that an injection drying system can pump air into the bottom cavity of your cabinets.

If you ever notice that your kitchen floor got wet after your dishwasher leaked, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.


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