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Commercial Water Damage Restoration In Everett

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

water and mold damage If you require water restoration in a large commercial building, contact SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration In Everett for Structures of Several Thousand Square Feet

Large loss sites like supermarkets can be tricky to restore because of the sheer size of the space. Most water restoration relies upon manipulating the atmosphere in a closed system- where doors and windows are closed- using temperature, humidity, and airflow. However, we understand that commercial clients are looking to find quick solutions to the apparent issues of restoring structures with thousands of square feet worth of space. Our approach relies upon human resources as well as equipment that is powerful enough to improve the efficiency of drying times.

There can be many underlying issues that manifest as commercial water damage in your Everett grocery store. Some may be external issues and the result of rough weather conditions. Others may be the result of malfunctioning plumbing or heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. There are many more that can result in your business needing assistance from professional water restoration technicians. SERVPRO has both the qualifications and equipment to successfully restore large loss sites.

To dry a structure that spans over several thousand square feet does not differ from a structure of a few hundred from a theoretical standpoint. Understanding psychrometry, the relationship between humidity, temperature, and air circulation is crucial to performing effective drying of a structure. A team of SERVPRO technicians can remove and store any portable units or items that may affect the drying procedure on your behalf before taking accurate readings of the humidity and temperature within the structure.

Direct Expansion Units (DX) are large systems that can heat or cool the airways in large spaces. Similar to a refrigerant dehumidifier, they can draw in massive quantities of air and expel dry air into the structure. Powering these units is possible by connecting them to your internal power supply or using SERVPRO portable generators. By drying, cooling, or heating the surrounding air, SERVPRO can significantly increase drying times within a water damaged structure.

If you require water restoration in a large commercial building, contact SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484.

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We Act As Quick As Possible In Everett After A Flood

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Drywall that was removed after a flood We handled the removal of the drywall in this home which also allowed the wall behind to be dried properly. Call us right away, we are available 24/7.

Mitigating Home Flood Damage in Everett

While flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States, and all 50 states have experienced flooding of some kind every year, homeowners may be shocked by the swiftness with which a flood can penetrate a home and damage possessions and furniture. Even thoroughly prepared homeowners who work hard to minimize flooding may have extensive amounts of cleanup ahead of them before their home can be returned to its normal state. 

If your Everett residence has been affected by flood damage, certified restoration technicians at SERVPRO can return your home to its preloss condition. This team uses Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for its disaster cleanup and restoration protocols. If your home requires further repairs after a disaster has occurred, your local SERVPRO is licensed to handle any general contracting (#SERVPES871RD) you may need for your home. 

Preparing for Flooding

  • Get flood insurance. Homeowners' insurance does not come with flood loss protection, but most policies let you add a flood insurance policy. Talk to your agent about what their flood policies cover.
  • Inspect your home. Are there areas that are more eroded than others? Take additional precautions to keep these vulnerable areas free of debris. 
  • Assemble an emergency supply kit. Keep all of these supplies in a duffle bag or backpack. Make sure to include water, food, first aid, flashlights, batteries, a whistle, dust masks, tools, and an NOAA weather portable radio. Consider including cell phones with chargers and cash to procure additional rations. 
  • Move hazardous materials. Keep chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides in waterproof containers above flood levels to prevent contamination. 
  • Research flood-proofing. You can contact Snohomish County's Planning and Development Services or FEMA for more information on flood prevention measures. 

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

After flooding occurs, the first step to restoring your home is extracting any remaining standing water and moisture. Technicians can use truck-mounted pumps or gas-powered sump pumps to remove large amounts of standing water, as well as portable, back-mounted extractors to handle moisture in wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas. Contaminated porous materials like carpet and area rugs may require removal. 

After extraction, disinfection is a must to prevent contamination. Floodwaters contain a plethora of microbes and contaminants that can affect the safety of a flooded location, so technicians use EPA-registered antimicrobials to address these concerns. After the structure has been thoroughly cleaned, technicians can use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home. 

SERVPRO of South Everett provides a 24/7 cleanup service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (425) 367-4484 when disaster strikes in your home.

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Our Techs Arrive Quickly In Everett To Restore Your Home After Water Damage Strikes

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

An air mover sitting on a kitchen counter Our dehumidifier removed moisture from the air in this home and air movers were used to circulate the air after water damage struck.

Water Extraction Saves Upholstered Furniture in Everett

Water damage hits residential properties in many forms. When it comes to the loss left behind, homeowners want as much of the contents restored as possible to save them the cost of replacing items.

A home in Everett needed water extraction when water leaked through a ceiling from an upstairs pipe break. The water ran downward and soaked the upholstered sofa and cha0ir below. The good news is, most solid wood-constructed furniture has restoration potential if the cleanup begins quickly enough.

Bad DIY Tips

Some advice given to people can actually do more damage. When water travels between stories in a home, it can pick up dust and dirt from the floor joists and deliver it to the furniture below. It is best to avoid wiping or cleaning before SERVPRO arrives as it has the potential to drive the dirt deeper into the fabric. Another bad move is to put furniture in the sun to dry for two reasons. First, sunlight can fade fabrics, and some hardwoods can crack and warp when exposed to the sun.

Tools for Fast Extraction

While different team members work on the damage upstairs, other SERVPRO techs use their portable pumps to pull even deeply embedded moisture out of cushions and frames. They do several passes and then set up their drying equipment.

Special Drying Tactics

When SERVPRO techs undergo their training, they learn the best practices for a diverse array of drying situations. The cushions get placed upright leaning into each other for even drying by the air movers.

Common Post-Drying Problems

It is common to find water damage spots on some upholstery. The techs rewet the material before drying to even out the spots. They always test any fabrics before cleaning to ensure there will not be an issue with dye bleeding or shrinkage. Odors can sometimes remain after cleaning and drying. The techs apply odor control measures to leave the furniture smelling fresh and clean.

Fast water extraction can make the difference between restoring or replacing your upholstered furniture. Call SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484, and their techs arrive quickly and make the loss, "Like it never even happened."

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How Professionals Evaluate Fire Damage Residues in Everett

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

House model on fire Call us for help with Fire Damage in your Everett home. We are always available.

SERVPRO’s Method For Fire Damage

After a fire in Everett, the smoke residues left behind, present a broad range of cleaning issues. Although our crew’s training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) lays out guidelines, the variables presented in any given fire scenario make it hard to establish defined protocols appropriate for every situation.

Every Fire Scene Is Unique

The changeable nature of cleaning up fire damage in Everett makes it even more critical that our highly skilled and experienced technician team is on the job. We have the knowledge and experience to make adaptations to the basic principles and elements of cleaning in response to the way heat, oxygen, moisture, and gases interact to form smoke residues during the fire in your particular scenario.

Basic Principles and Elements 

Principles

  • Locate and identify smoke residues
  • Evaluate the surfaces affected
  • Capture and remove residues
  • Dispose of residues properly

Elements

  • Temperature
  • Agitation
  • Chemical action
  • Time

Examples of Adaptations

Every home has many different types of surfaces affected by the smoke and soot. Because SERVPRO technicians know the process of cleaning varies, we consider multiple ways to agitate and review a list of products to produce chemical reactions. We adjust dwell time and temperature with each challenge.

Agitation uses physical action to break the bond between soil and surface. The surface, the cleaning solution, or both need to move to dislodge residues:

  • Air pressure
  • Rotating brushes
  • Scrubbing
  • Wiping
  • Blasting with an abrasive

Chemical action uses cleaning solutions to simplify the cleaning process, remembering that generally “like dissolves like.” Our service vehicles stock many options.

  • Water-based cleaners dissolve water-based soils.
  • Solvents (oil-based cleaners) dissolve oil-based soils.
  • Detergents assist oil-based soils in loosening in water-based solutions.
  • Acidic solutions and alkaline solutions neutralize each other.
  • Bleaching can add or remove oxygen from soiling.

Pre-Testing 

As SERVPRO seeks the best match to remove soiling, we do not want to damage materials or smear or set-in stains. Technicians make sure the surfaces involved can handle the level of agitation and do not react adversely to the chemicals. We also manipulate temperatures and experiment with dwell times to reach the best outcomes. The testing is done in inconspicuous places before we commit to cleaning larger expanses.

SERVPRO of South Everett has a comprehensive tool-box of products and techniques as well as training and experience to meet the challenges of your fire damage. Call for an assessment at (425) 367-4484.

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Did Water Damage in Your South Everett Home Leave a Foul Odor?

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

woman holding nose because of foul odor Water damage leaves foul odors in your home. SERVPRO has the know how to eliminate the odors.

Why SERVPRO Offers Odor Control Measures when Mitigating Water Damage in Your South Everett Residence 

After a home or its contents get wet, residents in South Everett begin noticing new odors. These unpleasant smells can come from many sources. Our professional mitigation team can help determine their source and then eliminate their source. These odors can continue to waft through your home, which is why SERVPRO often performs at least one type of odor control method. 

Mitigating your home's interior with widespread water damage in South Everett requires equipment that helps us zoom in on the areas where we need to work. Knowing where dry areas exist helps us tailor our efforts to precisely what your house needs. It also helps us locate the sources behind related odors. 

While fogging machines work well for fire-related odors, we also need to concentrate on smaller, isolated areas. The carpeting below a window where an air conditioner unit leaked last summer can still emanate odors, even after the floor dries out. Drywall can seem fine on the outside, but the interior might bubble, causing the paper backing to split open. Either of these or several other kinds of water damage can create odors in your house. 

With otherwise undamaged carpeting, we can inject deodorizing oils directly into the carpet's pad, which gives off a much more pleasant scent that lasts a long time and poses no risks to young children or pets. The enclosed interiors like the inside of walls or under cabinets, as well as large pieces of furniture, quit giving off malodors when we place a slow-release gel pack inside. Stronger odors in attics or crawlspaces often produce odors from widely spread locations. Using activated charcoal in a safe container can reduce these odors and make other methods more effective. 

SERVPRO of South Everett also provides water damage mitigation services in Mukilteo, Paine Field, and Evergreen. Call (425) 367-4484 for comprehensive services that cover everything needed to make it "Like it never even happened." 

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Water Loss In Everett

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged home No matter how we can help after a disaster, you can give our experienced team a call 24/7 at (425) 367-4484.

Cleaning Surfaces After Water Losses in Everett Homes

Many homeowners might fixate on the need for drying and extraction following substantial water losses in Everett homes. Truthfully, as necessary as these elements are to return a property to preloss condition, tasks like cleaning and debris removal are equally vital to the restoration of your house. Our SERVPRO professionals have potent cleaning products available to remove residues and potential contaminants from the home after water losses.

Water cleanup in Everett involves the use of sophisticated tools and techniques. Cleaning up after water loss events focuses on two specific areas: removing residues left on surfaces and reducing the presence of bacteria and microbes. Each of these objectives requires a combination of cleaning agents, equipment, and effective washing techniques.

Removing Residues from Surfaces
Specific cleaning approaches are ideal for breaking up residues and films left on surfaces after water loss incidents occur. Practices such as foam cleaning, wiping, and even abrasive techniques can have a direct effect on the presence of these residues. In addition to agitative and abrasive cleaning approaches, we can also utilize a variety of disinfectant and cleansing products available to our SERVPRO team. Many of these products, such as chlorine-based solutions and phenolics, are multi-faceted, in that they also work to help resolve the second primary focus of water cleanup after a loss incident.

Reducing Bacteria and Microbes
Preventing the growth and spread of bacterial and fungal threats is the priority of any water loss restoration technician. Our team can accomplish this through practical drying efforts, but also the application of antibacterial products, biocides, and sporicides. These agents can inhibit the growth of mold and eliminate bacteria on surfaces, helping to prevent the spread and migration of harmful secondary effects of a water loss incident.

Cleaning up after a water loss incident is a valuable element to the restoration process and one that you can expect our SERVPRO of South Everett team to take great care in accomplishing. No matter how we can help after a disaster, you can give our experienced team a call 24/7 at (425) 367-4484.

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We're Faster To Any Size Disaster In Mukilteo After A Water Damage Disaster

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

A dehumidifier working in this kitchen to remove moisture from the air This dehumidifier is set up to remove moisture from the air in this kitchen after a water damage disaster.

Water Damage in Your Mukilteo Home

Dealing with a burst pipe in your kitchen may not be as simple as drying up the water with towels and mopping up the mess. Moisture can get into even the smallest of crevasses requiring professional equipment to dry the area to prevent further damage such as warping of wood baseboards or mold infestations. In cold, moist weather climates like Washington's, you need to pay careful attention to the temperature and humidity factors during the clean-up process.

If you are dealing with water damage in Mukilteo home, the trained professionals at SERVPRO can assist you in ensuring that no further damages occur. SERVPRO technicians use industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers for targeted drying techniques. Drying excess moisture in building materials, contents, and the air is a crucial component of the restoration process.

SERVPRO technicians create a drying goal when they first assess the damage in your home. The intention is to return the materials and air within the structure to their normal moisture content levels. They use a nonpenetrating moisture meter to take various readings around the home, determining both the approximate normal moisture level and the moisture level of the affected materials. Relative humidity (RM) in the room also needs to be brought down to levels below 60%, anything higher may foster mold growth.

Depending on the home floor plan and the severity of the water damage, SERVPRO technicians decide how to set up drying equipment. They use more air movers if more than just the floors are wet and fewer if only the floor contains excess moisture. They also consider the floorplan of your home. If several smaller rooms need to be dried, then they set up more air movers to circulate moist air to the dehumidifier so it can move dry air back to the wet areas. If it is a large open space, then the room requires fewer air movers.

Throughout the drying process, Technicians may move both air movers and dehumidifiers to facilitate drying throughout the home. Periodically, technicians take and record moisture readings to determine drying progress toward the goal, carefully ensuring materials and contents are within 4% of the normal moisture content. Overdrying may create other issues such as buckling and distorting wood.

Contact SERVPRO of South Everett (General Contractor License #SERVPES871RD) at (425) 367-4484 for immediate assistance 24/7. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How Mold Damage Affects Your Everett home

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

mold growing on ceiling Call SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Restores the Shine after Mold Damage Affects Your Everett home

Mold infestations are problematic in many ways, but the fact is that the visual appeal, the patches, and stains that appear on surfaces are the main concern for many Everett homeowners. A professional mold remediation team like SERVPRO can help mitigate the loss, restoring all aspects of your property to the preloss state.

Removing the structurally compromised materials
After mold damage affects your Everett property, it is likely to compromise the structural integrity of many building materials and contents. Mold is a fungus, which plays a role in the natural decaying processes. When left to develop unchecked in a property, it leads to physical deterioration that compromises the structural integrity of the affected materials.

Learning that restoring some of the affected materials is impossible can be frustration. However, even safe removal of such materials can pose a significant challenge. Our SERVPRO technicians use their building skills to detach materials such as drywall, mold, and carpets from the building without damaging the surrounding materials. We also use containment and negative air pressure systems to keep mold debris from spreading to other areas of your home.

Refinishing Surfaces
Mold growing on semi-porous surfaces such as concrete or solid wood leaves distinct patches or stains. Cleaning and refinishing such materials can save them. The first step is scrubbing off all mold debris. Our SERVPRO technicians use techniques such as wire brushing and sanding to dislodge debris. We also damp-wipe surfaces with antimicrobial cleaning agents to stop further mold growth. In some cases, we can apply mold sealants, which are paint-like substances infused with antimicrobial agents. We also restore demolished wall panels and repaint cleaned areas taking care to match the colors of repainted areas to the old ones.

Drying and Deodorizing
High levels of moisture can cause immediate recurrence of the problem. Our SERVPRO technicians use dehumidifiers and other drying equipment to bring down moisture levels if there are wet materials in the house. Deodorization is also essential, whether it is to eliminate the musty smell of mold or odor from finishing products used at the site.

Mold should not downgrade your property. Call SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Why SERVPRO is the Company to Call for Flood Damage Situations in Everett

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

flooded residential area When your home or area gets flooded, place one call to SERVPRO. We are here 24/7 to respond to your emergency.

Why Everett Residents Rely on SERVPRO for Restoration Services

There are many actions homeowners in Everett regularly take to guard their properties against water damage, fire damage, storm damage, and mold infestations. However, the unexpected still occurs, and pipes break, flash floods, hail, and high winds happen, and fires ignite from a momentarily distracted cook and an overly hot pan.

Water Damage Assistance

When an Everett residence requires water removal, one of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is attempting to handle the problem themselves. Mopping and blotting up water with towels or rags works to remove water from the surface, but water migrates easily within wall cavities, behind baseboards, and under flooring. All of these things cause further damage to the structure in terms of ruined sheetrock, delaminated tiles, and in many cases, mold growth.

Water extraction, of both seen and unseen moisture, is vital to limiting loss in the home. SERVPRO technicians utilize advanced moisture detection equipment to scope properties and determine the pathways of migrated water and where to concentrate water removal efforts.

The technicians bring every piece of equipment they need on their green service vans and unload their portable pumps, extractor heads for a carpet pile of any height and squeegee attachments for tile and hardwood flooring. The technicians do several passes to pick up as much moisture as possible to lessen the time needed for drying — this method of restoration assists in saving both property and contents from secondary-type damages.

Fire Damage Needs Fast Cleanup

Even a small localized fire in an Everett home has the potential to cause more significant fire damage through the spreading of soot through both the HVAC and foot traffic. One of the first actions SERVPRO technicians take when they take on fire loss cleanup in a property is the active containment of the worksite through the use of plastic barriers over doorways or vents or through the setup of negative air chambers.

Technicians perform fire debris removal quickly using shovels and other removal tools to pick up charred, ruined contents. Fire damaged sheetrock and other structural components are cleanly cut away — the removal of these loss items from the property assists in lowering the pungent smoke odors.

Air quality during and after fire damage cleanup is a concern for technicians. They often run air scrubbers and ensure there is adequate ventilation within the contained worksite to continually lower odors. After any needed drying, the certified odor control technicians apply multiple methods to ensure there are no residual odors left behind. Standard actions include the use of devices such as hydroxyl generators that safely use UV rays to neutralize airborne soot particles. Another effective method for absorbent, porous items such as window treatments and upholstered furnishings is thermal fogging where a heated solvent penetrates and eradicates foul smoke odors.

Storm and Flood Damage

Damage to Everett homes from intense storms or flash floods receives treatment in much the same manner as water damage. However, flood damage has the probability of containing toxins, bacteria, and sewage. SERVPRO technicians test the water upon arrival, so they choose the appropriate water treatment method for safety during mitigation.

Technicians work to limit loss to the contents in the property and remove items in an organized pack out to a secure location for cleaning and restoration as needed. The technicians have access to some of the same equipment and methods that the Library of Congress uses to restore and preserve historical documents and books damaged by water.

Controlled demolition techniques perform the dual purpose of removing damaged building materials and allowing maximum airflow for more expedient drying. For example, once groundwater wicks into sheetrock, there is no restoration potential even after complete drying. Cutting it away allows for airflow within wall cavities where otherwise the trapping of moisture could occur.

After drying and disinfection of the property along with any necessary proactive mold preventatives, technicians ready the property for any needed repairs or reconstruction to return it to its pre-flood damage condition.

Mold Damage 

The occurrence of mold infestations in a home has the potential to happen after fire or water damage. They can also occur whenever there is a constant, elevated humidity level such as poor performance by a  bathroom exhaust system not properly porting away damp air from ordinary everyday activities such as showers.

Mold spores exist naturally both inside homes, and out, the airborne spores are inert until they encounter ideal conditions such as high humidity conditions over 50%, excessive moisture and something to consume such as wood beams, sheetrock or paper products like books or stored files in an attic. Once established, the colonies expand quickly, and infestations increase as long as those conditions remain unchanged.

SERVPRO technicians contain the worksite to stop any further spread of mold spores and rapidly lower the humidity levels using their air movers to deliver warm, dry air. Once dry, existing mold colonies undergo careful hand removal, including gentle scraping and the use of hand vacuums to clean up the dried mold. Wood support beams sometimes require more intense efforts to remove the infestations and technicians utilize a removal application known as soda blasting. This method uses bicarbonate soda delivered at a high velocity working as a mild abrasive to remove stuck-on mold without marring surfaces.

After the completion of mold remediation, technicians diagnose the reason for the infestation in the home and suggest the needed repairs to stop the problem from reoccurring in the future.

Why SERVPRO?

There are many reasons for Everett residents to choose a professional restoration service when there is a home disaster requiring cleanup. The technicians undergo extensive training in hands-on scenarios, so they learn the best practices for handling water loss, fire damage, smoke residues, and mold remediation before they ever set foot onto a job site. As advances continue in the restoration sciences, technicians continue their education to stay on top of current trends.

At the first sign of water, fire or mold damage to your home contact SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484. Their certified technicians are available 24/7 for any restoration service job needed and arrive soon after your initial call because they are both local and We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Discuss The Essential Steps Towards Fire and Odor Removal In Everett

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

fire causing damage to home Restoring fire damage and removing odor requires elaborate steps.

Essential Steps Towards Fire and Odor Removal from Affected Everett Properties

Fire incidents cause a wide range of damages in the properties they affect. Apart from the flames consuming materials and blackening surfaces with soot, fire also causes odor issues.  For your Everett property to feel habitable again, several steps are necessary to deal with the damages and remove the odor.

The processing of restoring fire and odor removal from affected Everett property should run systemically to ensure a positive outcome. For example, trying to deodorize the area before removing all the charred materials and smoke residues from surfaces cannot succeed. Our SERVPRO technicians, therefore, start the process by removing all debris and cleaning surfaces. We also remove contents so that we can clean them separately. Doing so eliminates all sources of odor and helps ensure that we can zero in on areas that need elaborate deodorization.

One effective way to remove an odor is to use counteractants that neutralize malodors. Using such products during the cleaning process can reduce the effort you need to put into deodorization. Our SERVPRO technicians use water-based odor counteractants, which we mix with the cleaning solutions that we use. The counteractants work at different pH levels and temperatures, so they remain active throughout the cleaning process.

Having the right equipment also helps with the deodorization process.  Since fires might leave gases, aerosols, and fine particles suspended in the air, there might be a need to ventilate the area after cleaning to get rid of these. Alternatively, some deodorization processes such as thermal fogging leave fumes and vapors that need removal for normalcy to resume. Our SERVPRO team uses air movers or box fans to ventilate the area.

Other equipment can help reach odor particles deep in materials or concealed areas. We use ozone generators and Photocatalytic Oxidizers for such purposes. The Photocatalytic Oxidizer shines a UV, Ultra Violet rays on a titanium dioxide surface producing hydroxyl radicals. The radicals oxidize, breaking down odors into water and carbon dioxide.

Restoring fire damage and removing odor requires elaborate steps. Call SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484 to help eliminate all issues caused by the incident, “Like it never even happened.”

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