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The Importance of Using Certified Professionals for Water Losses in Seattle

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

water pouring out of broken pipes Water loss events can occur from many sources. When your home experiences water damage, call SERVPRO. We are always available to take your call.

Why Choose Certified Technicians for Seattle Home Water Losses 

Qualified professionals are always the ideal choice for water losses in your Seattle home because so much depends on thorough drying and restoration work. Failure to adequately dry and recover the property can lead to hazardous conditions like mold colonization, where exposure to the organism can cause health effects. The same advantages of choosing professional restorers for water recovery are the reasons why our SERVPRO team has become a trusted household name throughout the Greater Seattle area. 

While there is a press for many homeowners to attempt DIY drying and cleaning of water damage in Seattle houses, there is much that could get overlooked and missed by inexperienced cleaners. Because you can benefit from the fastest and least costly approach to restoration, choosing our technicians can often be beneficial. 

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster 

Even before you consider how extensively trained or well-equipped, our SERVPRO team might be for the situation at hand, a rapid response is vital. We have emergency lines staffed 24/7 to put you in contact with professionals that can help. Due to our location in the heart of the city, we can respond quickly to disasters as they happen. 

Well-Trained Personnel  

Being the fastest to the scene does not always mean that you can do the most good for the customer or the property. Our professionals have training and accreditations from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), along with years of hands-on experience helping with hundreds of water loss scenarios. 

Latest Technologies and Tools 

Because no two water loss incidents are the same, the equipment and technologies needed to dry and restore the structures change from one project to the next. Our team has numerous extraction and drying machines, including electric sump pumps, wet vacuums, air movers, drying mats, and cavity drying equipment like our Injecti-Dry system. 

Initially, it might not seem like you are saving time and money by choosing professional restoration for your home. However, because of the training, fast response, and modern technology that goes into our restorations – we can turn your home back over to you quickly. Give our SERVPRO of Central Seattle team a call today at (206) 282-9500. 

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Why Professional Restoration is Needed for Kitchen Fires in Seattle

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Cooking pan on stove Pan on fire, Even if the fire is contained to the kitchen, greasy soot can spread throughout your home.

Why Advanced Training in Appropriate Kitchen Fire Damage Cleaning Is Crucial in Seattle 

Cleaning up after a fire in your Seattle home requires more than an upbeat attitude and some elbow grease. Even if the flames subsided quickly, residues from the kitchen fire likely spread widely throughout your home. The soiling attaches to any surface, horizontal, vertical, or slanted, the hot air currents from the fire depositing the soot on cooler walls, ceilings, and furnishings often far from the ignition site. Residues are almost transparent but very bad smelling and tightly adhered to the surfaces. 

Not Typical Household Dirt and Grime

To understand issues presented by fire damage in Seattle, imagine the interior of your oven after many roastings and broilings without cleaning. Think about the coatings in a microwave or outdoor grill that were not addressed immediately after cooking. The residues that drift through your home after a kitchen fire are similar, not the dry and ashy soot of a wood fire, but the remains of grease, oils, and proteins, now dehydrated and in every corner of your abode.  

Principles and Elements of Cleaning 

At SERVPRO, our technicians train extensively to ensure that our cleaning efforts are successful. First, we focus on the principles of cleaning: 

  • Locating the fire residues
  • Identifying the type of residue
  • Identifying the types of surfaces affected
  • Capturing and removing residues for proper disposal  

Armed with that knowledge, we approach cleaning tasks by manipulating the following elements of cleaning: 

  • Temperature
  • Agitation 
  • Chemical action
  • Time 

How Do Protein-Based Residues Fit the Protocol? 

SERVPRO technicians are familiar with the challenges of resolving kitchen fire residues. The greasy, almost varnish-like residues are impervious to the water-based cleansers frequently relied upon up as “one size fits all” solutions for cleanup. We use research-based procedures to break the bonds, utilizing the principle that “like dissolves like.” Instead of soap, we select a solvent and often choose to employ both agitation and abrasive tools to loosen the kitchen fire sourced soot. Detergents can also help us dislodge oily residues, acting with water to create an emulsion to suspend the dehydrated food and grease particles. 

SERVPRO of Central Seattle has a highly-trained and skilled workforce ready to assist with your fire damage challenges. Call us at (206) 282-9500 to set up a prompt evaluation. 

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Refrigerator in Seattle Kitchen Causes Need for Water Removal

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

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You Should Always Have a Plan For The Possibility of Water Damage in Your Seattle Home

The water and ice dispenser on a refrigerator is a great convenience. What you may not think about is the amount of water that has the potential to spill if there is a malfunction. 

When a supply line to the ice maker in a refrigerator developed a split, the Seattle home needed fast water removal. The amount of water that spilled into the floor in a shorter time was significant. 

Scoping the Damage in the Kitchen

SERVPRO technicians know from experience that that visible water is usually only part of the problem. Moisture wicks rapidly into sheetrock and seeps under tile and into the subfloor. That is why the techs perform a visual assessment and use different types of moisture detection equipment to ensure that they do not miss any areas of water loss. As a result, the techs confirmed the presence of water under the laminated floorboards and within the plywood subfloor that required drying. 

Water Extraction Equipment

The removal equipment that the techs bring to the worksite is much more powerful than a consumer-grade wet/dry vac. The centrifugal pumps have the power to pull embedded moisture to the surface. The ability to use multiple extractors at the same time makes the water cleanup process go much faster and, in many cases, assists with lessening the water loss in the home. 

Removal of Water Loss Materials

The planks directly in front of the fridge were past the point of restoration due to the absorption of water and required replacement. This action opened up the subfloor for drying. The techs set up drying mats to force air into the plywood subfloor and floor joists of the crawlspace. The drying process gets carefully monitored to ensure the water loss area attains preset moisture content level goals. 

Prepping the Floor for Installation of New Floorboards

Before the new replacement flooring got installed, SERVPRO technicians treated the water loss areas with an antimicrobial sealant to ensure mold growth would not be a problem in the home. 

SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 brings the necessary equipment for complete water removal of any scale in your property, and using their advanced restoration methods make the water loss, "Like it never even happened."

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How to Effectively Remediate Water Damage in Seattle

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged living room Water damage can seem overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO right away for effective remediation efforts.

Quick Drying Decisions of Our SERVPRO Team in Seattle Homes

It has gotten estimated that with each water recovery job that our SERVPRO professionals undertake for Seattle homes, that there are hundreds of drying decisions in each location. With that knowledge, it can be clear to see how valuable making the right choices can be when you are looking to save customers time and money on the restoration that their house needs. We have several expected areas where these decisions are most frequent.

Drying decisions decrease dramatically when homeowners wait long periods before contacting our team about water damage in Seattle properties. The longer that saturation and damp conditions go unresolved, the more irreparable damage that occurs. For this reason, it is believed that restoration for water losses started after 48 hours rarely yield positive results. In most cases, prolonged exposure leads to a need for material removal and replacement. While we have a licensed division of residential contractors on our team to help with demolition and build back, this approach is rarely cost-effective compared to drying and restoring installed materials whenever possible.

There are many areas where quick decision making can save a customer money and reduce the time that restoration and recovery efforts ultimately take. These categories often include:

Controlled Demolition 

One of the most considerable areas of variance from one home to the next is the need for controlled demolition. When migrating water reaches structural cavities, removing surface materials might provide better access to the damaged area and bolster the pace of drying efforts.

Content Management 

Identifying which contents in a home are at risk of irreparable damage is only part of the options our SERVPRO technicians have. We must also determine which can get moved to a new area of the property, which can get restored where they are, and if any of the personal belongings and furniture require focused cleaning and deodorization at our nearby facility.

Equipment Deployment 

Even before mitigation efforts officially begin, preliminary extraction can reduce the spread and severity of standing water concerns. By using electric sump pumps and gas-powered trash pumps, we can prevent water from reaching undampened areas.

The choices our SERVPRO of Central Seattle team make when beginning water recoveries can make the process more efficient. Whenever disasters strike, give us a call at (206) 282-9500.

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We Get You Back In Business In Seattle After A Water Loss

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

One of our water extraction units sitting in our van Our vans are equipped with water extraction units to remove as much moisture before we set drying equipment in your property after a water disaster.

Keep Your Head Above Water Damage in Your Seattle Coffeeshop

Seattle residents are known for their love of coffee, shops small and cozy or large and sleek populating every neighborhood. Espresso machines, coolers, kitchens, and dishwashing stations can all expose your commercial property to the risk of leaky plumbing or dripping condensers. Often the first signs of a leak go unnoticed, but the water damage compounds under sinks, between walls, and behind equipment.

Spongy Floors Tell a Story

Laying down an anti-fatigue mat for employee comfort in the workspace where your baristas concoct steamy, creamy caffeinated brews can obscure water damage in Seattle. The resilient surface can cover an area of growing weakness in several layers of hardwood and subflooring caused by spills and drips from the drinks crafted. Commercial espresso machines are directly connected to water supply lines. Any slow leaks seeping under the equipment and mats eventually cause warping, weakening, and buckling of the floor. That “bouncy” feel might relate more to water damage than a foam or rubber work mat.

Hardwood Is Resilient Especially with Professional Assistance

When SERVPRO assesses the harm done to the floor you might fear the need for a full demolition and replacement. We have strategies to extract the seepage even through several layers, and highly efficient drying methods to bring building materials back to normal moisture levels. We use moisture detectors and meters to determine the extent and intensity of the water damage. Options to remove water from your coffeeshop’s floor without a significant tearout include:

  • Loosening strategically selected strips of hardwood to gain access for extraction with a portable or truck-mounted unit.
  • Using floor mats adhered to the surface, connected by hoses to pull water through negative air pressure (suction)
  • Drilling holes to release trapped water behind baseboards.

Drying Techniques that Get Your Business Back on a Firm Footing

Once the liquid water exits, the SERVPRO crew determines drying goals based on the moisture data gathered. We balance air movement, temperature, and dehumidification to accelerate the evaporation of water from structural components for capture and disposal. 

SERVPRO of Central Seattle has highly-qualified crews of commercial water damage technicians ready to mitigate and remediate water loss in your business. Call (206) 282-9500 to get the restoration process going 24/7.

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How Professionals Restore Flood Damaged Subfloors in Seattle Homes

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

water pooling on living room hardwood floor Water can quickly damage the subfloor. SERVPRO is equipped and trained to restore your water damaged floor.

Flood Damage and Subfloor Restoration for Seattle Residents

Bringing your home back to its preloss condition after flooding can be a challenging task for even the most enthusiastic home repair people. Floodwaters spread quickly from the source and can often seep into the wall spaces or through the floor, where it begins to saturate the subfloor below. Subfloor damages as a result of flooding can result in significant losses for a homeowner. Once moisture saturates the subfloor, there is a high chance of rot, mold growth, or weakening of the structure itself.

Since harm to your subfloor often goes unnoticed, it can impact homeowners several months after flood damage to their Seattle home. At SERVPRO, we find that a great many of our mold remediation jobs are caused by a flood or water incident at the property several months before. When your property is full of floodwater, understandably, you prioritize removing moisture and drying the property. However, without conducting a full inspection of the subfloor, you could be a victim of significant flood-related losses.

Assessing your subfloor can be difficult as various fittings need removal to gain access. SERVPRO technicians use moisture sensors to gain an accurate picture of subfloor water damage without removing materials. Moisture sensors use sharp probes to push through carpets and tell a technician whether or not standing water has migrated downward. Should a moisture sensor return a positive reading for moisture, your technician may need to remove carpet or floorboards to dry the subfloor.

Subfloor pads are often the first thing to go when water migrates into the subfloor. These large porous materials absorb water quickly and can break apart when wet. SERVPRO technicians can remove the pad, cut it into smaller pieces, and place it into a waste disposal bag. The removal of the pad allows us to gain direct access to the subfloor, where we can deploy standing extractors to remove any excess from the affected area. In some cases, we may deploy desiccant dehumidifiers to draw moisture from a subfloor with high levels of saturation. Once dry, we can replace the existing subfloor pad with a new one at a low-cost.

Professional restoration services can protect your home from sustaining damages further down the line. Contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500.

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What Everyone Ought to Know About Water Damage Remediation in Seattle

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

water leak under kitchen sink We understand water damage. Contact SERVPRO when the pipe under your kitchen sink starts leaking profusely. We are available 24/7 365 days a year.

How to Remove Water from Your Seattle Kitchen

Dealing with a pipe bursting is a frustrating situation. However, when it bursts in your kitchen, it can be even more of a hassle. Kitchens are the most used room in the home, and without a functional kitchen, the disruption severely inconveniences the lives of your family. It is essential to deal with excess water in your kitchen as quickly as possible, so you resume your regular routine. 

If you require water removal in your Seattle kitchen, the trained SERVPRO team is ready to assist you. We understand that the quicker you deal with water damage, the less secondary damage you encounter, such as potential mold infestations or saturated wall materials if the mishap began behind the drywall. Mitigating any further damage is a top priority. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. 

When removing water from materials within your home, SERVPRO technicians consider items with vapor barriers that are either waterproof or have a permeance level of 1 perm or less (during one hour, only one grain of water vapor can pass through 1 square foot). Examples of vapor barriers are vinyl wallpaper, Kraft paper-faced insulation, masonry brick, and 6 mil plastic sheeting sometimes found protecting insulation. Some semi-gloss and gloss paints serve as a vapor barrier as well. Generally speaking, vapor barriers keep water out of the material; however, when water does get inside, it can be more challenging to extract.

Technicians also consider hygroscopic materials that absorb water and hold onto water vapor in the air with a high permeance factor. Typically, these materials include carpet, upholstery, unfaced insulation, and particleboard. While these materials are often easier to dry, they also tend to withstand more damage.

The SERVPRO professionals remove excess water using powerful portable extraction equipment, effective on both materials with vapor barriers and those that then use high-velocity air movers and dehumidifiers to work together to dry the wet materials while at the same time removing excess moisture from the air to return the relative humidity levels (RH) to preloss conditions. 

Contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 24/7 for prompt assistance. 

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How SERVPRO Cleans Fire Damaged Fabrics in Seattle

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

smoke damaged wall and ceiling Smoke and soot damage are difficult to remove - especially in fabrics. SERVPRO has the know how to restore your home. Call us today!

Superior Cleaning Approaches Help Save Fabrics Affected by Fire Damage Incident in Seattle

Fire incidents in Seattle affect many materials in a house. Most fabric items are highly combustible, so they are readily consumed by the fire. We went to a kitchen fire loss site where the affected fabrics resided in sections where the flames did not reach. However, smoke spread all over the property, leaving massive deposits.

Before taking any steps to clean the residues left by the fire damage incident in Seattle, we had to perform elaborate pretesting. Without this step, we risked using the wrong cleaning product or method, leading to aggravation of the existing problem. For fabrics such as carpets, our SERVPRO technicians also had to confirm whether there were pre-existing problems since they are prone to problems such as bad seams, stains, and even burns.

During the pretesting phase, we identified various crucial factors that helped in cleaning, including:

Colorfast materials

  • Types of fibers in different fabrics
  • The type of soiling
  • The level of soling

The colorfastness problem mostly affects multicolored items such as area rugs, wool carpets, Persian, and Oriental rugs. Our SERVPRO technicians collected all the fabric items we identified as colorfast in the house, cleaning them separately to prevent them from spreading dyes and staining other items during the cleaning process.

The smoke damage had left oily residues, especially on the draperies. Cleaning such materials in conventional ways can leave traces of the oily residues. Our SERVPRO technicians are used to handling such forms of soiling. In this case, we used detergents with emulsifiers to remove the oily residues. The emulsifying process creates an emulsion in which residues turn to a liquid and evenly spread in another liquid without forming a solution.

Cleaning contents after fire incidents in Foster Island, Sodo, or Magnolia can pose various challenges. Call SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 to help find a way to deal with any challenging aspect. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why SERVPRO is the First Choice for Water, Fire, Storm, and Mold Damage Restoration Needs

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm warning sign When disasters cause home and commercial restoration emergencies, remember SERVPRO is always available for your restoration needs.

Why Seattle Residents can Act Decisively Against Storm, Mold, Fire or Water Damages

Central Seattle residents use restoration services when unexpected home emergencies occur. By doing so, they can often save thousands of dollars in potential secondary damages that may occur as a result of improper or home restoration services. Our company has been a stalwart in the community of Seattle for several years. It partakes in regular donations of both money and time to charity missions like clothing drives or children's shelters. Throughout the year, our servicemen and women are on-hand to help you overcome an emergency with minimum inconvenience and expense. Contact us anytime to arrange restoration services for water, mold, storm, or fire-related damages.

Water Damage Restoration

Homeowners may experience water damage in their Seattle home at any time of year. These can be either in the form of excessive quantities of moisture in a short period overloading a home's defenses, or long-term problems creeping up over several months. Whether your Seattle home falls victim to flooding or a slow internal leaking, our water restoration technicians (WRT) are on-hand to provide the assistance you need. SERVPRO is available twenty-four-hours a day and even runs an out-of-hours service for emergencies.

Water incidents in your property can cause a chain reaction of interrelated issues. These issues may include problems with odor, microbial bacteria, fungi, or soiling of your possessions. SERVPRO restoration services are comprehensive in their approach to your Seattle home and can stop damage as well as putting in place proven methods to reverse it. Usually, we start by thoroughly removing water from the property, then drying using proper drying methods.

Bringing venting box fans to your Seattle home, as well as the careful placement of portable heating, can help to encourage natural evaporation. Natural evaporation is useful in removing moisture that may have absorbed into furnishings, upholstery, or flooring. Using moisture probes, SERVPRO can accurately assess the moisture content of any given material and can keep returning during the restoration service to ensure reaching our goals.

Mold Remediation

Indoor air quality is becoming increasingly prominent in the restoration service industry. Often, homeowners are surprised by quite how many toxins can exist in a home environment. The issue is especially pertinent in homeowners that have mold damage in their Seattle homes. Molds breed by releasing microscopic spores into the surrounding atmosphere. These spores can cause unpleasant odors as well as ingestion when inhaling indoor air. SERVPRO takes decisive action during mold remediation to ensure the spread is limited and your air-quality restored.

Setting up containment is an essential part of the restoration. Usually, an area of your Seattle home that shows evidence of mold growth needs quarantining. The removal of mold colonies or demolition of infested materials increases airborne spores. SERVPRO applies negative air pressure when performing controlled demolitions to ensure that the spread of spores is under control. Also, we may use physical barriers such as polyurethane sheeting to prevent microscopic spores from escaping.

Airborne particles are frequently invisible to the naked eye. This invisibility makes it challenging for a homeowner to assess or act against unwanted indoor air particles. Using high-efficiency particulate air-filters (HEPA), SERVPRO technicians can remove particles from the air that are as small as 0.3 microns. Air scrubbing equipment combined with deodorizing methods saves time on the turnaround of your restoration service.

Storm Damage Restoration

Storms can expose your home to outdoor elements as well as pathogens that may enter in floodwaters. Extraction is the most effective method of controlling storm damage in your Seattle home. However, to be truly useful, you need to combine rapid extraction with careful cleaning and drying. At SERVPRO, we often find homeowners suffering from microbial growth or mold issues traced back to initial flooding several weeks or months before.

Our restoration services focus on a complete, thorough approach to both removal and drying of moisture in your Seattle home. When water is extracted and dried, it can leave behind microbes or stain on the flooring materials of your home. We use rotary floor machines to both loosen soiling from hard surfaces and apply pre-conditioning agents to soft ones like carpets. Rotary machines not only help to dislodge severe soiling but can help to buffer floors and leave them in a preloss condition.

Flooding as a result of stormy conditions can seem unfair. SERVPRO can help you to redress the balance by providing expert, Seattle-based technicians who can complete the job on time and on-budget. If the damage necessitates relocation temporarily, we can perform the vital mitigation tasks needed to prevent your home from suffering permanent damage in the interim period. SERVPRO restoration services are available to all residents of Seattle in an emergency.

Fire Damage Restoration

If your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system are on, it can cause extensive fire damage to your Seattle home. Air entering the supply side can overload filters causing hot smokes to travel through ventilation shafts. Return side outlets can then end up spewing soots, odor, and ash into unaffected regions of the house. SERVPRO restoration services incorporate a comprehensive game plan for HVAC inspection, cleaning, and replacement of ventilation ducts.

Hot smokes are attracted to cooler surfaces, which include the metal insides of a ventilation shaft. These can deposit thick soiling onto the inner sides of an HVAC system, which can be challenging and technical to clean. SERVPRO restoration services here in Seattle can remove both return and supply-side air ducts to carry out in-depth inspections. Using air whips, we can dislodge loose soiling, which can then vacuum out using negative air pressure machines. Cleaning of the interior closest to the wall- where soiling builds up- can be cleaned using water and oil-based solvents.

Once your HVAC is clean, we can begin to perform repairs. Cavities opened with a circular drill for negative air pressure machine access can be resealed using aluminum plating. We can replace ducts in every room inexpensively. Return side ventilation filters need replacing to ensure that odor remains under control, and your home brought to a preloss condition.

Home emergencies are unexpected and, at times, seem unfair. Contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 for assistance with mold, storm, fire, or water-related incidents.

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Commercial Water Cleanup In Seattle Hotel

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

hotel after damage SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 is ready 24/7 to assist with commercial water cleanup of any size.

Safety During Commercial Water Cleanup in Seattle Hotel Lobby

When a business relies on heavy foot traffic as part of their business model, the need for safe commercial water cleanup is crucial. The goal of SERVPRO is to help businesses experience the least amount of loss and undergo mitigation as safely and quickly as possible.

In the case of a hotel in Seattle requiring commercial water cleanup, SERVPRO technicians arrived on-site and determined that slip and fall accidents were a danger from the wet tile floor. They taped off the water loss area and put up signs to ensure while the rest of the hotel lobby remained open, a wandering guest in the hotel did not endanger themselves during the cleanup and drying process.

Removal of Water and Wet Items
The water came from a large scale plumbing leak in a single area of the lobby. The technicians used their moisture detection equipment to track the migration path of the water and extracted the standing puddles. A single wall received the effects of the plumbing issue, and only that area required the removal of the sheetrock for both airflow to dry inside the wall cavity and for repairs to the pipe. The rubber-backed industrial rugs did not absorb any water and only needed cleaning for reuse.

Disposal of Some Furnishings
While hardwood furnishings hold up well against most water exposure, the composite wood furnishings in the lobby that received water damage did not have restoration or repair potential due to the damage to the bases. The techs noted these items in detail, including photos for use by the hotel when filing an insurance claim.

Drying and Restoration
The professional drying equipment SERVPRO utilizes use such a high-velocity airstream that it forces embedded moisture to rise and is ported away by their dehumidification equipment. This begins a cycle of progressively drier air circulating and results in eliminating the moisture.

SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 is ready 24/7 to assist with commercial water cleanup of any size. Their technicians bring the equipment and knowledge to make the loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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