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How Much Knowledge Should One Have Before Attempting Mold Removal?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician at work. Mold remediation should be handled by a professional outfit. SERVPRO has the technicians and equipment for any size job.

SERVPRO is One Of The Proficient Mold Removal Companies in Middletown

After noticing signs of mold growth in your home, you may contemplate starting removal immediately, considering a speedy removal is one of the established strategies of addressing mold attacks successfully. However, your response might worsen the problem if you are not well versed with mold development processes.

Involving mold removal companies in cleaning Middletown properties may be a better approach because they have sufficient resources and in-depth knowledge about mold development. The extra resources can help limit chances of worsening the outcome through simple mistakes like: 

Since every mold infestation is unique, SERVPRO prefers to assess affected areas before starting the removal processes. Through assessment, we can identify whether there is growth in hidden areas or the level of deterioration in materials, among other things. We also establish whether we need to set up containment barriers isolating some sections of the property. It is easier to choose practical removal approaches after the assessment. 

When seeking mold removal companies, you can consider SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain to enjoy quality service. Call us at (860) 826-5169.

What Does Water Cleanup in Middletown Properties Involve?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician at work. Water cleanup is no easy task. SERVPRO techs are trained and experienced with the service needed for your home.

SERVPRO is Has Extensive Experience Resolving Challenges Arising during Water Cleanup 

Currently, Middletown City, Connecticut, is principally residential, although, in the past, it was an industrial center and a sailing port on the Connecticut River. The title Middletown was chosen in November 1653 because it lies approximately halfway between Saybrook and Windsor on the Great River. Initially, the town had been known as Mattabeseck after the Native American inhabitants of the area. 

The city has deep Italian roots and is considered as having the highest population of Italian Americans. It was a hub of Italian immigrants from the 1890s. Some of the evidence of the strong Italian heritage can be seen in some of the city’s facilities. For instance, Saint Sebastian’s church, located in Washington Street, is a replica of the original one found in Sicily. The main street is mostly a collection of restaurants, and many are Italian.

The Middletown Convenience 

As the city initially offered convenience as a midpoint for early travelers, it still offers several advantages to this day. Its central location within Connecticut makes it a prime place where you can readily get essential things or reach important places without struggling. For instance, within a two-hour drive, you can reach the heart of Manhattan or peruse quaint stores in Newport, among other places. 

In Middletown, you enjoy a mixed feeling of a small town and big city since it is an assembly of different cultures, including Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Irish, and Indian, among others. Work, school, and recreational activities make it feel like every resident knows each other. The surrounding also offers the perfect New England scenery including picturesque fall foliage and engaging activities such as picking pumpkins in local orchards.

Charming Activities for Locals and Visitors

Whether living in Middletown or visiting briefly, you can have much fun engaging in diverse activities within the city, including:

  • Sledding at Foss Hill

Foss Hill, located at the Wesleyan University, is a local landmark popular with people during winter since its slope offers a perfect location for snowboarding or sledding. The hill was named after Professor Archibald Foss, who lived next to the college cemetery in the mid-800s. 

  • Visiting local breweries

There are numerous breweries in the area, including Forest City Brewing, Powder Hollow Brewery, and Stubborn Beauty Brewing. Visiting their premises offers a chance to taste unique yet authentic American beer.

  • Visiting General Mansfield House

The small museum is worth a visit for anyone interested in learning the commercial and shipping history of the area. There are also personal stories about the American Revolution and artifacts such as uniforms preserved at the facility.  

How Does SERVPRO identify and Resolve Problems during Water Cleanup?

You might not associate water intrusion, especially from clean sources, with a need for extensive cleaning of your home.  However, once water interacts with the diverse materials in your house, issues might complicate the cleaning process.

If the intruding water affects upholstery, drapery, carpets, or wooden materials, various issues, including staining, discoloration, and bad odor, are likely to develop. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians use various approaches to prevent or manage problems, including:

  • Pretesting fabrics before cleaning upholstery and draperies
  • Expediting water removal to prevent mold development
  • Using powerful cleaning equipment for thorough cleaning

Our technicians also clean properties thoroughly, including using cleaning agents and rinsing soiled areas before drying the materials.  

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain can help you whenever the need for water cleanup arises. Call us at (860) 826-5169.

Smoke and Fire Damage in Middletown

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Any size fire in a home is a devastation. Call the pros at SERVPRO for the fire restoration service to get your home back to preloss condition.

Can odors from fire damage in Middletown be removed?

Even a small kitchen fire can distribute smoke and odors from the fire throughout your home in Middletown. Grease fires spread oily soot in the kitchen and other areas. A working heating system can blow smoke and odors through the HVAC to all areas of the home.

SERVPRO responds to fire damage events in Middletown within 4 hours of being called. Our team understands how stressful a fire can be and that it is essential to immediately remove odor-causing materials. We also remove chemicals and water that may have been used by the fire department to quell the fire.

The amount of fire damage and subsequent efforts needed to restore your home after a fire depends on the size, the type, and the cause of the fire. However, our team of fire damage experts follows a tried and true process to mitigate the damage and restore your home.

  • Inspect and assess
  • Board up and roof tarp if needed
  • Remove water and dry.
  • Remove smoke and soot from all surfaces.
  • Clean and sanitize
  • Repair and restore.

Contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain for fire damage service to Middletown and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (860) 826-5169.

Checking for Mold Damage in Middletown Buildings

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician at work. Mold will spread like wild fire within 24 to 48 hours. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified for any size mold remediation service needed.

Why is it essential to remove mold damage in Middleton Homes?

Mold spores are everywhere in the environment, waiting for the right conditions to multiply. They look for

  • Warm,
  • Moist conditions with
  • Where organic food is readily available.

Spores can last a long time until there is a water leak or poor air circulation with the right conditions for growth.

If you suspect mold growing somewhere, call SERVPRO to check for mold damage in your Middleton home or commercial building. Many customers tend to wait until the situation becomes serious. Mold infestations can damage structures and the contents of a building.

There can also be some health effects for some people. At the very least, your customers or family may notice a musty smell whenever they walk into the area. More significant health reactions are possible and should be assessed by a medical professional.

SERVPRO professionals can assess your home or business for the presence of mold and suggest precautionary measures to protect your family. Our team will wear protective PPE gear while removing damaged contents and materials.

Contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain for mold damage service to Middletown and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (860) 826-5169.

Fast Response to Middletown City Residents' Restoration Emergencies

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians If your home needs water remediation and repair, contact our certified professionals at SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Provides Professional Water Damage Restoration Services to Property Owners in Middletown 

Middletown is located alongside the Connecticut River in the central part of Middlesex County. The English settlers incorporated the city in 1650 as a town and named it Mattabeseck, its original Native American name, after local indigenous people called the Mattabesett. The settlers were among the tribes that spoke Algonquian languages along the Atlantic coast. In 1953, the colonists renamed the settlement.

Middletown city was included within the boundaries of Hartford County on May 10, 1666. The English settlers incorporated the central settlement as a distinct city from the town in 1784. In May 1785, the settlers included both within the newly formed Middlesex County. Middletown city was consolidated with the town in 1923, leading to extensive city limits.

Originally, the city was a sailing port, which later turned to be an industrial center on the Connecticut River. Now the city is largely residential. The city's downtown is on Main Street, a typical retail, dining, and bar district. Before eliminating the county government set up in 1960, Middletown city was the headquarters of Middlesex County since 1785. According to the census conducted in 2010, the city had a population of 47,648. 

The History behind the city of Middletown 

In 1646, the General Court drew up plans for the colonial settlement. In 1650, the area received its first migrants who came from Connecticut colonies. In November 1653, Connecticut's General Court renamed the area from "Mattabesett" to Middletown. The name Middletown was inspired by the area's position on the Great River between Windsor and Saybrook. 

For the first colonial Puritans, life was complicated. Clearing the bushy land, building houses, and farming on the rocky soil was a harrowing ordeal. The society was rigorous. Some legal offenses such as incorrigible stubbornness of children, blasphemy, witchcraft, and cursing or smiting of parents within Connecticut colonies were punishable by death.

The Middletown area developed to be the largest and prosperous settlement within Connecticut in the 18th century. Before the American Revolution, one-third of the area's residents involved themselves in merchant and maritime activities in the thriving port. 

During the America-British relations strain in the 19th century, the port's decline began resulting from trading restrictions that led to the 1812 War. Due to the war's restrictions, the port did not recover. Most men from the city became well known after participating in the war. Thomas Macdonough, the Middletown's Commodore, led the American Forces on Lake Champlain to victory in 1814. That discouraged the British from invading New York. New England families continued to migrate west to New York and areas around the Great Lakes in search of more available land after the war.

Middletown city today

The city has in recent decades, focused on improving the comforts and needs of its residents. Commercial development has been of significant help in raising fund services since 1931, when the city established a planning board.

Middletown city is an essential government administrative center. From 1798 during the creation of Middlesex County to 1965, the city has been the county seat. The city hosts Middlesex Superior Court, while the Judicial District is still that of the former county court. The other county activities were distributed to other towns or centralized to the state. The city extracted some of the former county buildings but left some state agency buildings like the Department of Social Services around Main Street Ext. The city's Probate Court district includes towns of:

  • Middlefield
  • Haddam
  • Cromwell
  • Portland

 A city that natures talent and rich in culture

Middletown is home to the famous youth theater group known as Oddfellows Playhouse on Washington Street. It welcomes kids of all ages across the state interested in learning theater skills. The theater group also runs Children's Circus of Middletown, which helps kids learn circus skills and organizes a free show that sees almost a thousand guests.

Also, the city is home to the Kidcity Children's Museum. The museum is in a renovated and expanded property of former Judge Elmer. The property was moved from its current location down to 400 feet in Washington Street. Kidcity is somewhere kids between 1 and 8 years come to learn through play with their parents.

The city is also home to several parks and nature walks, including:

  • Wadsworth Falls State Park
  • Middletown Nature Gardens
  • Smith Park
  • Guida Farm Conservation Area

The most popular one is Harbor Park, a recreational area of 2.6 acres on the Connecticut River. The park includes a Boardwalk, nightclub and restaurant, seasonal boat excursions, fishing, and crew boathouses of Middletown High School and Wesleyan University. The Harbor Park also hosts the July 4th festivities and, in October, the Head of Connecticut Regatta event.

Water damage in Middletown

Water damage in Middletown residences can occur fast and create destruction, which seems beyond repair. Various problems contribute to water damage, including washing machine or dishwasher overflow, roof leaks, and burst pipes. Thankfully, if you employ the right water damage restorers, you can save time, money, and effort.

Why rely on SERVPRO restorers when water damage occurs in your Middletown property

Water damage restoration is a challenging task and does not only involve the drying of visible water. Since water travels fast and on various surfaces, porous materials can absorb water beneath the surface. If the damage is severe, materials such as carpeting, drywall, and fiberfill insulation can get destroyed beyond recovery.

After water damage occurs in your property, restoration should begin immediately. Standing water creates a conducive breeding environment for bacteria and mold growth. The two can cause health problems for your family. Fortunately, if you contact SERVPRO technicians within 24 hours, we can help minimize the damage and get your property to its former glory.

We have a team of highly skilled and experienced restorers who have certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our technicians also have access to the latest equipment and tools and approved products to handle water damage of any magnitude successfully. We use special techniques during the restoration process to minimize damage and get you back to your regular routine in a brief period. 

Our water damage restoration process includes:

  • Inspecting the property to analyze the damage
  • Excess water removal
  • Drying the affected area
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Deodorization

Every step we take during restoration serves an essential purpose to remove all the water, moisture, and contaminants.  

If there is water damage in your property, contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain for professional restoration. We can make the incident seem, "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (860) 826-5169.     

Water Damage Restoration Middletown

9/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO for Middletown Water Damage Restoration Services

Give SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain a call now at (860) 826-5169.

In combination with another substantial metropolitan area that our team services, SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain is a custodian for more than 125,000 residents in these two adjacent areas. Middletown is only a short 16-mile jaunt from Hartford, the hub of Connecticut. This proximity has generated a substantial boom in activity and growth over the centuries. Pre-dating the Revolutionary War, before America became a nation, our immediate area along the Connecticut River has been full of history and culture. Protected structural treasures like the Samuel Wadsworth Russell House on High Street here in the city become centerpieces for this detailed history and a reminder of how much the area has grown.

However, the region is just as susceptible to natural disasters like torrential rainfall or Nor'easter storms that can bear down on the state and the entire New England area every season. Whatever struggles your home or business faces, you can count on SERVPRO to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Middletown Area Emergency Water Removal, Cleanup, and Restoration

  • Locally Owned/Operated
  • Water Removal, Damage Cleaning, and Restoration
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Fire & Smoke Restoration and Cleanup
  • Commercial Mitigation and Restoration
  • Mold Inspections and Remediation
  • Fast and Reliable Local Experts (860) 826-5169.

Restoring Middletown Structures After Water Damages

One of the considerable challenges that restoration companies face when addressing water damages in Middletown is the effect of moisture on aging structures, much like the historical landmarks of High Street, like the Alsop House constructed in 1840. The immediate response that these structures, as well as single-family homes and businesses throughout the area, gets successfully met by our 24/7 availability of certified restoration technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

Wesleyan University is one of the city's largest developments, offering education to thousands of students every year. Combined with Middlesex Community College, the two institutions provide room/board to more than 15,000 students. With each of these campuses featuring dozens of structures, an immediate response is critical to avoid the displacement of hundreds of students and reduce irreparable damage to historical landmarks that have now become repurposed into campus buildings.

Main Street was developed along with Wesleyan's financial backing and planning to bring more shops, restaurants, and art to downtown Middletown. These efforts have attracted more consistent visitors to the city, along with long-standing businesses and organizations like O'Rourke's Diner, the Oddfellow's Playhouse, and the Children's Circus of Middletown. With many trailered equipment and pre-stocked trailers, we can quickly and cost-efficiently mitigate losses to commercial structures for customers. Of course, when a fire or a mold infestation occurs within a commercial property, our technicians can respond to mitigate and restore.

Emergency Water Damage Scenarios for Middletown Areas

  • Nor'easter Storm and Flood Damage
  • Damaged/Leaking Roofs
  • Severe Winter Storms
  • Ice Damming and Frozen Pipes
  • Overflowing Drains, Toilets, and Sinks
  • Post-Fire Fighting Flooding
  • Damaged and Leaking Appliances, Water Heaters, and Plumbing Fixtures

Why Choose SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain?

Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

We have multiple technicians accredited in water restoration and cleanup niches, including:

  • WRT – Water Restoration Technician
  • ASD – Applied Structural Drying
  • CDS – Commercial Drying Specialist
  • AMRT – Applied Microbial Remediation Technician

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Our experienced professionals live here in Middlesex and Hartford Counties, giving us a fast and reliable response when you need it the most. Our quick arrival boosts our mitigation abilities and protects more of your property from irreparable harm.

Advanced Water Restoration Practices and Equipment

We have advanced technologies designed to track and monitor moisture pockets above and beneath surface materials. We can utilize several tools for ranging degrees of extraction and moisture removal. We can thoroughly dry structural components and contents from your home – and complete our efforts with extensive cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Want to know more? We can help. Call SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain (860) 826-5169.

Also of Interest    Middletown Water and Mold Damage Restoration   New Britain Water Damage Repair

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Middletown, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain today at (860) 826-5169 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Middletown Businesses Press on with Preventative Cleaning

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

man wiping down laptop at a desk When opening or staying open as an essential business, SERVPRO helps protect Middletown firms from virus and other biohazardous risks.

Business owners in Middletown that remain open are making great efforts to clean their locations to protect employees and customers.

SERVPRO of Middletown/ New Britain Helps with Commercial Pandemic Cleaning

There are obvious advantages to hiring a professional company to help with preventative cleaning. We use hospital-grade cleaning products and know which ones to use on specific surfaces and within certain indoor environments.

Our specialty cleaning employees have years of experience working with contaminated job sites of all kinds. They respond to sewage backups, crime or death scenes, mold remediation, and another microbial cleanup. Our ability to perform those complex services prepares our team for this current virus preventative services.

SERVPRO technicians receive extensive training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC).  These experienced and hard-working individuals are accustomed to following OSHA, EPA, and CDC protocols. Our company offers cleaning plans for businesses that are open or closed and want to prepare for their reopening.  We will work around your schedule and only do what is necessary to help manage budget constraints.

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain can send a representative to make an inspection, or an emergency response team (as needed) to your property when you call (860) 826-5169.

Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Whom Can I Call For Professional Water Damage Services in Middletown?

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in home caused by leak If your home has suffered sudden water damage, get assistance now.

Hire SERVPRO Today For Fast, Effective and Professional Water Damage Remediation

Water damage is a common occurrence; however, many homeowners find themselves unsure about seeking out help when it strikes. Whom should they call? What can they do? Many questions can rush through their mind and make the decision much more daunting than it needs to be.

Here at SERVPRO, we provide fast, effective, and professional water damage remediation services to Middletown. Once we receive your call, it is always our goal to swiftly assemble a team of our IICRC (Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration)-certified water damage restoration technicians (WRT.) Once gathered, we can send them to your home with all of the necessary equipment to remediate the damage inside.

How Does SERVPRO Get to My Home so Quickly?
No matter the day of the week, or the time, we take measures to ensure we can get to the damage as soon as possible. Here at SERVPRO, we can:
    •    Pre-load our vehicles with the necessary equipment for water losses
    •    Use GPS devices to ensure we travel the fastest route to your home
    •    Follow the guidance of an Emergency READY Profile Plan (if Applicable)

Once we're in your home, we always strive to get the job started as soon as possible.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Remediate the Damage in My Home?
Once our technicians have established a plan of action, we can immediately get to work. Our technicians can begin water damage restoration by:
    •    Setting up drying equipment, such as dehumidifiers and flood drying mats
    •    Locating hidden pockets of water with thermal imaging cameras
    •    Making any necessary flood cuts and attending to any demolition needed

Swiftly removing water damage can help prevent further problems, such as mold damage and decay.

If your home has suffered sudden water damage, get assistance now. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain by dialing (860) 826-5169. We're ready to come to your aid.

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Why Should Middletown Residents Use Water Damage Restoration Specialists?

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment inside SERVPRO storage facility This is just some of the restoration equipment that we have available to restore your home. Call us today!

Using One Company for Water Damage and Repairs in Middletown Makes Good Sense 

Water damage is one of the costliest events that can happen to a home. As little as one inch of water can result in a considerable loss for a home in terms of structural elements and contents.  

Middletown properties with water damage frequently need more attention than water extraction and drying. Water has the propensity to migrate and wick into sheetrock, behind baseboards, and under the flooring, resulting in the need for large-scale restoration efforts.  

Why SERVPRO?

Water loss in a home cannot get diagnosed visually. The visible water may only be a portion of the removal needs. Once free from the pipes, water migrates rapidly, and the techs rely on specialized equipment to scope the property to determine the actual scale of the cleanup needs.  

Not Everything Can Get Restored

Once water enters the core of the sheetrock, it is often beyond restorable. The techs measure above the visible waterline by several inches and cut away the moisture-laden building materials, halting any further loss to walls or ceilings.  

Flooring is another area that gets profoundly affected, particularly tile and glue-down flooring. Once it has prolonged exposure to moisture, it can delaminate. SERVPRO techs always attempt to clean and restore tiles for reuse to save homeowners the cost of replacement, but whether or not it is possible depends on the construction materials.   

Controlled Demo is a Part of Water Loss Cleanup

The removal of sheetrock, delaminated flooring, and baseboards are typical parts of the restoration process. The damaged building materials get removed, and the property gets prepped for drying and final cleaning before repairs happen.  

Finding and vetting a contractor takes time. It makes good sense to reopen to clients as fast as possible to let the techs that did the cleanup and restoration services also complete the needed repairs. With their general contractor licenses #HIC.0652559, they can reinstall flooring, repair the sheetrock and do any finishing touches such as painting to bring the home to its pre-water loss condition.  

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain at (860) 826-5169 handles any size water damage and reconstruction needs for local properties, making it, "Like it never even happened." 

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Why We Are The Best Choice In Middletown After A Water Loss

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Our large dehumidifier and air mover working to dry this carpet Our large LGR low refrigerant dehumidifier working to remove high volumes of water vapor in this home after a water loss.

Professional Water Cleanup for a Middletown Laundry Room

Appliance failures are frustrating for any homeowner to encounter. Whether a cracked gasket on dishwasher creates leakage or a tear in a washing machine supply line gives way from wear and tear, the prospects of cleanup with consumer-grade products can be overwhelming to consider. Without fast and thorough removal, however, this moisture can cause even more damage to your home and its contents. 

If your Middletown residence requires water cleanup due to appliance failure, SERVPRO technicians are ready to assist you. Not only is SERVPRO dedicated to cleaning up your residence with cutting-edge tools and EPA-registered antibacterial solutions, but it also seeks to preserve your contents so you can save money after disaster strikes. Technicians work closely with both you and your insurance adjuster to ensure that an accurate claim is filed on your behalf. 

SERVPRO's Cutting Edge Technologies

SERVPRO technicians implement a broad spectrum of technologies and methods to restore your home after water damage occurs, including the following:

  • Moisture measurement technologies like penetrating and nonpenetrating sensors and meters, infrared imaging, and thermohygrometers
  • Extraction tools, including rovers, suction pads, mops, wet/dry vacuums, squeegees, sump pumps, and extraction wands
  • Centrifugal and axial air moving equipment, as well as low grain refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Air cleaning and odor removal tools, including HEPA-filter air scrubbers, EPA-registered antibacterial solutions, and thermal and ULV foggers

SERVPRO's Air Moving Equipment

Air movers are essential to the drying process after damage occurs. Centrifugal air moving equipment is necessary for pulling moisture out of surfaces after extraction and works in tandem with dehumidifiers to restore surfaces to their ideal humidity levels without damaging them. 

Axial air moving equipment consists of high-powered box fans that work best for exchanging indoor air as much 3,200 cubic feet per minute. Dozens of exchanges of air not only aid in odor removal, but it also ensures that the air clean and safe for occupants after cleanup is finished. Centrifugal fans are not designed for this type of high-powered air exchange, and axial fans would quickly overwhelm dehumidification equipment.

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain can ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (860) 826-5169 for disaster cleanup today.

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Winter Woes from Frozen and Burst Pipes? Middletown Homeowners Know that SERVPRO Repairs and Rebuilds, "Like it never even happened."

2/2/2020 (Permalink)

melting snow man with carrot nose and coal Did This Guy Freeze the Pipes Causing Them to Burst in Your Middletown Home or Business? SERVPRO Can Make It, "Like it never even happened."

Frozen Pipes in Middletown Homes and Businesses Can Lead to Burst Pipes

The winter months can bring about some extreme temperature drops and cold snaps for Middletown homes and businesses. Without the appropriate precautionary measures, it can be challenging to avoid the disasters that can arise from extreme cold entirely. During a power outage or heating system failure, freezing pipes that burst can be among the more serious of these potential disasters.  When the cracked pipes thaw, it can cause immediate flooding inside the house. Even with the prompt response that you can expect from our SERVPRO emergency response, a pipe split can deposit hundreds, or even thousands, of gallons of water in the surrounding areas before you get the valve shut down.

Water cleanup for Middletown homes can present multiple obstacles after the event of a frozen pipe. One of the most considerable of these is identifying the full scope of the water present in your home after a pipe bursting. Frigid temperatures can find their way around inadequately insulated portions of plumbing and cause frozen pipes. As the liquid turns to a solid within copper and PEX pipe options, it expands with tremendous force, exerting pressure on the walls of the pipe. As the pressure builds, these frozen pipes can become burst pipes.

Immediate Concerns
The focus of any homeowner following a substantial water loss incident like this is both determining the extent of the present damage and working quickly to address the break in the plumbing. Our SERVPRO professionals can help in many aspects of mitigation and recovery, but structural concerns and the repair of your compromised plumbing lands in the competent hands of our in-house residential contractors certified through the State of Connecticut (#HIC.0652559.) From repairing joints of split, frozen pipe to replacing a small portion where burst pipes were a concern, this is one of the first restoration tasks as mitigation begins.

Emergency services for your home can include the removal of drywall and wood trim to gain immediate access to highly damaged portions of your property. In most cases, lengths of plumbing are not exposed and readily seen. Instead, they are routed in chases, within walls, above ceilings, and in subfloor cavities for unhindered pathways to various installed fixtures throughout the house. Burst pipes inside walls can allow a high volume of water to collect within this structural cavity, eventually saturating the drywall, framing, insulation, and other building materials, and then migrating on to other areas of the house. Often, this non-visible leakage can soak into and ruin drywall, framing, and electrical wiring.

Our contractors can remove even full panels of drywall when necessary to gain unrestricted access to damaged portions of frozen pipes or damaged plumbing for repair and drying. Freezing pipes can lead to both direct burst pipe portions, but also long weak points in hard PVC that might exist in homes that had plumbing repairs decades ago. Repairing damaged portions of the plumbing is also critical, as this can often meet the conditions necessary for the residents to remain in the house while recovery occurs.

Widespread Threats
Because pipes can burst and then thaw beneath the subfloor or in other structural cavities, frozen pipes can become ruptured pipes without realizing the immediate threat. Instead, this water damage spreads unnoticed throughout a broad area of the house and can lead to irreparable damage to finish materials like drywall, wood flooring, and carpet. Resolving these issues begins with an adequate understanding of the loss through the application of moisture detection devices like surface moisture sensors and meters, hygrometers, and thermal imagery.

The farther that the moisture and dampness spread from the initial break, often the greater the need for reconstruction and build-back. While we do have competent, certified contractors that can do more than manage controlled demolition and clear out debris, we also have highly trained and experienced restoration professionals. Rapid extraction and focused drying efforts can have a considerable mitigating impact when implemented soon after plumbing failures. By reducing the time the water has to migrate through the structure, and the length of time building materials remain wet, our skilled SERVPRO team can reduce the mess, cost, and time to restore a home to its preloss condition.

Still, another concern for your property after the rupture of frozen pipes is the possibility of microbial development in the days following the initial incident. If this burst pipe occurs in an area unnoticed by the occupants of the home or business, several days could pass before anyone discovers a problem. Mold growth can begin after 48 hours of damp conditions in wet organic matter exposed by the migrating water. Materials such as drywall, wood trim, framing, and flooring are all susceptible to damage from microorganisms until our SERVPRO remediators can address these problems as well.

Why Professional Restoration Is Wise
In many cases following frozen pipes that develop into burst pipes, you have little time to react in the stopping of the flow of water, removing standing water, and then drying out the water loss zone. The situation can quickly get out of control and demand the experience and advanced tools available to professional restorers like our SERVPRO team. Choosing the expertise of our technicians can mean a more significant recovery of complete belongings and construction materials.

Merely saying that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster does not show you how committed the team is to help you through this time of turmoil and damage in your home or business. We have a centrally located facility for the Middletown and New Britain area so that we can arrive within our service region promptly at any time of the day or night. From the first notice of a water loss when you recognize frozen pipes have burst, we can often respond within minutes to provide you peace of mind in knowing that our certified Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) personnel are on the way.

Our commitment to providing residential and commercial customers effective and efficient service begins with the high levels of training and education that our technicians receive. While most of our restorers have years of hands-on experience to contribute to their grasp of work needed in the field, continued coursework can grow and expand the knowledge of our team in the rapidly changing world of restoration and recovery. We follow the best practices of the IICRC--Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification.

The winter season can invite cold snaps into the basement, crawl space, and other vulnerable areas of your property where exposed copper and plastic plumbing are vulnerable. Our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain team can help to make a substantial water loss incident “Like it never even happened.” We have efficient extraction, drying, and build-back to help return your property to normal. Give us a call today at (860) 826-5169.

When Disasters Target Middletown, SERVPRO has the Restoration Services You Need

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in warehouse This is just some of our equipment. No matter if your home is historic or newer construction, SERVPRO has the tools to restore your property.

SERVPRO Professionals Provides Restoration Services for Water, Fire, Mold, and Storm Damage in Middletown 

With an area rife with historical significance dating back to Colonial America, we hold our SERVPRO restoration team up to high standards regarding the preservation and restoration of all Middletown homes and businesses. Because of the varying demands of these structures throughout the year, our team of professionals needed to become as diverse as the areas we serve and better educated our competition. We strive to exceed your expectations through the development of swift recovery solutions for every niche of the industry, including water, fire, mold, and storm loss scenarios. 

Fire Damage Restoration

Because fire cleanup is a highly requested service of our recovery team, this has become a focus of our technicians. We have worked to perform these tasks more efficiently and better equipped each time and continually raise the bar for the standards our customers have come to expect. Fire losses can become a problematic situation for homeowners attempting recovery on their own, including structural compromise and a continual spread of effects like soot and smoke odors. Our fast response to these emergencies can help protect your Middletown property. 

With fire loss being such a standard callout of our SERVPRO team, we must remain equipped to address these emergencies at all time. We have invested in the top tier equipment available in the industry and continue to upgrade and advance this arsenal of tools, equipment, and products as the restoration practices change. We utilize powerful machines like negative air units, chem sponges, HEPA vacuums, and ozone generators to return Middletown homes and businesses to preloss condition. 

Our area has many historic properties that require special attention when addressing even secondary effects like soot and smoke odors. We strive to offer an intricate recovery solution for damaged older properties, prioritizing the preservation of original construction materials with rapid cleaning and restoration. No matter how severe fire loss incidents can be in your Middletown home or business, our professionals can make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Water Damage Restoration

You cannot predict the likelihood of water loss incidents and the devastation they can have to Middletown homes and businesses. All of our field technicians obtain the acquisition of a Water Restoration Technician certification through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) With numerous professionals having this experience and education, we can ensure that no customer ever waits for the vital recovery and mitigation work that their property needs. 

Even amid a crisis, our restoration professionals can respond with a fast response that features the full measure of our advanced inventory of extraction and drying equipment. Our team can reduce the saturation to installed construction materials with these units. We can also perform specialized drying and recovery tasks like restoring documents, books, and other possessions in your Middletown home. 

We have a full team of licensed (#: HIC.0652559) general contractors that can help you through the additional repairs that water damage in Middletown homes requires. Carpet repairs are among the most common of these tasks. Our team can remove portions of this flooring as needed where our weighted extractors and air movers cannot adequately dry and restore. 

Mold Remediation

When water loss incidents do not get addressed as promptly as they should, or when Middletown properties have dark and damp areas like cellars and basements, mold growth can become a threat. The development of these colonies in your home can present health effects to those exposed, requiring a combined effort from our IICRC-Certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) and our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT). Together, these professionals can address both the cause and effect of mold growth to bring your property back to pre-mold condition quickly. 

We have employed our skilled AMRTs all over Middletown, including vacant properties and historical regions. No matter what property requires this remediation, we approach it in the same way. We have a restore before replacing mentality, so we utilize practices like soda blasting that can remove the organism embedded in structural elements and construction materials without damaging the substrate. 

When we cannot avoid the removal and replacement of damaged elements, we can utilize our team of licensed contractors to begin controlled demolition. Our restoration professionals continue other mitigation tasks like deodorization, cleaning, and air quality improvement. Mold damage in Middletown homes and businesses can be troublesome to overcome, but our experienced and qualified SERVPRO professionals can help. 

Storm Damage Restoration

We have helped recover hundreds of properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene. In recent years, these storms have powered through the Connecticut coastline and compromised Middletown homes and businesses. Our fast response has helped to reduce much more substantial out-of-pocket expenses for our customers. When these storms present a threat to the residents we serve, we have a team of disaster relief specialists that stay on call 24/7 to address any risks that could affect structures in our area. 

Flooding is a common threat when structural breaches occur, or torrential rainfalls present a situation where natural floods can affect many homes and businesses simultaneously. As dangerous and destructive as these situations might be, our SERVPRO professionals understand the value of a fast and confident reaction. We can mitigate your loss with remediation tactics that reduce standing water and begin drying out saturated structural elements as soon as we arrive. We can also employ our contractors to perform real-time emergency construction solutions like boarding, tarping, and temporary fencing for damaged Middletown properties. 

As part of a large loss recovery team, we can address storm damage in Middletown properties where many other restoration companies do not have the resources at their disposal. We have a massive roster of qualified professionals and a deep inventory of recovery tools and equipment with our pooled resources with other SERVPRO branches. There is no job too big for our team. 

No matter what disaster strikes or when you can count on the fast response and experience of our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain recovery specialists. You can reach us anytime, 24/7, by calling (860) 826-5169.

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Why SERVPRO is the Right Choice for Handling Fire Damage in New Britain

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team is prepared perfesionaly to handle your New Britain fire damage.

We understand the importance of cleaning your fire damage in New Britain.

Fire is powerful, destructive, and it can spread quickly while consuming everything in its path. Depending on how intense the fire is and how long it takes to extinguish it, your New Britain residence can suffer some scorching and smoke damage. Your home could require a deep clean of the contents, odor removal, and redecoration.

A major fire can lead to significant structural damage to your home and the loss of many of its contents. Restoring and rehabbing your New Britain home after fire damage involves several tasks. You need to work with professionals who know how to resolve the issues associated with a fire indent. That’s why SERVPRO is the right company to hire. We have the specialized knowledge, resources, and expertise to restore your property to preloss condition within a short time.

Our FSRT, Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration technicians can inspect all losses and document the condition of your property carefully. Several problems can occur if you do not address the presence of smoke and soot particles in your residence quickly. For instance, woodwork can discolor and weaken. Acid can ruin ceilings, walls, and wooden floors at a micro-level. You may not notice it at first, but wood can eventually crack, flake and scratch more easily if caustic substances have chemically weakened it.

The corrosive residues from smoke can combine with moisture and create weak acids. These acids may destroy the metal parts of your house and furniture, giving them an unpleasant appearance and diminishing their ability to carry weight. Our technicians locate smoke residues by inspecting the affected areas carefully.  We begin the inspection close to the source of fire and trace how far the smoke moved in a house. Our restorers also identify the type of surface and residues and choose a cleaning method that can remove the residues without ruining the surface. We use dry or wet cleaning processes to release and eliminate residue particles from the affected surfaces and dispose of them properly.

There could be water damage in your home because of firefighting efforts. Water in smoke-damaged areas can contain caustic substances that make it acidic. Our SERVPRO crew has the appropriate equipment for extracting the water, drying out your home and checking for hidden sources of moisture. Some of the equipment we use includes:

  •   Wet/dry vacuums
  •   Air movers
  •   Dehumidifiers
  •   Moisture sensors
  •   Moisture meters
  •   Infrared cameras

We also offer pack-out services for valuable possessions. We can carefully remove the items that fire, smoke, or water has ruined, clean them in our facilities, and return the restored items to your house. If the fire damaged some parts of your home like carpeting, hardwood, walls, attic, or ceilings, we can hire licensed subcontractors to repair, restore, or replace the affected materials.

If there is fire damage in your Middletown, Cromwell, or Berlin residence, contact SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain for restoration services. You can reach us at (860) 826-5169. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why SERVPRO Restores Flood Damage in Middletown Faster

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

This is why you need SERVPRO.

Why let any flood damage ruin your day? Call SERVPRO today!

Flooding can happen any time, whether it is the result of a severe weather event such as a hurricane or regular occurrences such as torrential downpour. What matters is the steps you take after the incident to restore the property to its preloss state. We aim to provide fast results as part of our professional flood mitigation services, so our crews undergo regular training to equip them with the necessary skills.

The effect an incident of flood damage in Middletown has on your property might depend on the time you take to respond. Since water migrates through gravity action and absorption by porous materials, taking too long can worsen the situation. Even in situations when it is not possible to remove the intruding water, trying other solutions is crucial. Our SERVPRO technicians respond fast because we have fully equipped storm trailers ready to deploy at a moment's notice. We also arrange for contents pack outs to our climate-controlled warehouses in case we cannot remove water fast enough.

Removing water from a flooded home requires skills and the right equipment. Some tasks require more than one type of equipment to accomplish. For example, after using a water extractor or a pump to lift water from the floors, other equipment such as injecti-dry systems might be necessary to remove water trapped in wall cavities or other concealed areas. Our SERVPRO teams have a wide range of equipment in our production trucks to ensure we finish the process fast and minimize any teardown done to the structure.

Most flooding incidents leave houses heavily soiled and contaminated, especially when the intrusion involves groundwater. While it is possible to clean most of the affected items, for the highly porous ones, the best option is disposal because it is not possible to remove all traces of contamination. Our SERVPRO technicians have vast experience cleaning up flooded homes, so we identify items for cleaning and those that require disposal immediately. We remove carpets, pad, and insulation, among other materials.

For a quicker restoration of your flooded home, call SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain to help. You can call us at (860) 826-5169 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Technicians Will Respond Quickly To Your New Britain Home After A Fire

5/25/2019 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain rapid response team a call 24/7 at (860) 826-5169.

Fast Response To New Britain From Trained Fire Loss Professionals

When fire loss incidents occur in your New Britain house, time is of the essence to get qualified and experienced professionals to your address to begin overcoming these effects and returning your property to normal. While there are multiple facets to the recovery that your home needs, you do not need to seek out the assistance of a dozen different restoration outfits specializing in various niches of the mitigation and recovery that your home requires. Our professionals have unique qualifications and continued training to make them among the most knowledgeable in the industry for whatever fire loss effects have damaged your house.

Our experts strive to provide each client with the most experienced and confident professionals to overcome fire damage in their New Britain properties. A disaster like this can often be stressful and traumatic, so it is important to get the right personnel started on effective mitigation and recovery tactics as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO professionals arrive with a wide array of tools and machines designed to begin overcoming the damaging effects of a fire with our initial visit to the property.

Our SERVPRO team undergoes extensive training through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to become accredited Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and Odor Control Technicians (OCT.) Both of these certifications can help to address different facets of recovery in your damaged house.

In addition to the extensive training required to obtain certification through the IICRC, our team also continues their education in their respective fields through both in-house and online training and coursework opportunities. These additional programs can help our entire team of professionals to stay knowledgeable with the changing tactics, equipment, and approaches to restore fire loss efficiently and effectively.

We know that a fast response in these emergencies is critical, but even more important is providing our customers with a team of restoration specialists that can confidently address the effects of a fire loss in their home. Give our SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain rapid response team a call 24/7 at (860) 826-5169.

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After A Fire In Your Middletown Kitchen Call Our Team For Help!

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Our team is available 24/7 to mitigate damage to your residence.

Mitigating Oven Fire Damage In A Middletown Kitchen

Easter Sunday is a perfect day for sitting the family down for a nice supper. However, when food scraps on your oven's heating element catch fire, it can cause fire damage and foul odors that are unappetizing for any family get-together.

If roasting your Easter ham results in accidental fire damage in your Middletown kitchen, SERVPRO technicians stand ready to assist you and restore your home to its preloss condition. “Like it never even happened.” Our professionals know that emergencies do not wait for regular business hours, so we are available 24/7, including all holidays. No matter what your emergency is, our response is immediate, and we can have a team out to evaluate the damage in your home within hours. Quick response to disasters is key to preventing long-term damage and property loss.

When proteins from meats such as ham are burned in a fire, it can impart a foul odor and nearly-invisible residues that can cause staining to some surfaces if left unchecked. SERVPRO technicians can thoroughly clean surfaces in your kitchen to mitigate odor while cleaning soot. This step is also vital to ensuring the effectiveness of deodorization and preventing residue from corroding plastics and metals in your home. Our technicians also use agitating tools and portable vacuums to clean out your kitchen's vents to prevent the spreading of odors.

Our team has a bevy of tools available for deodorization, such as HEPA air scrubbers that can catch particles from surfaces and in the air as small as 0.3 microns. Odor control technicians can use thermal foggers expel a dry, smoke-like solvent that binds with particles to eliminate odors at the source. After deodorizing, ventilation box fans are used to cycle air through the home quickly to remove odors and ensure that the air indoors is clean.

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain is Faster to Any Size Disaster, so if you need our services, call (860) 826-5169. Our team is available 24/7 to mitigate damage to your residence.

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When Your Middletown Home Experiences Water Damage, Our Crew Is Here To Help!

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (860) 826-5169 and let us prepare your home for the upcoming months; we work hard to make it look “Like it never even happened.”

Is Your Middletown Home Ready For Spring?

Enduring long winter months makes us appreciate the beauty of spring and summer even more, and we eagerly await their arrival. Our home also goes through its seasonal adjustments, and this can sometimes cause water damage as pipes freeze and then thaw, leaving us with leaks, wet wall cavities, and living areas. Thankfully, professional help to restore your home and protect it from the elements is just a phone call away.

SERVPRO is your best ally when there is water damage to your home in Middletown. Our services begin the minute you call our 24-hour hotline, and our Green Fleet is dispatched to your home. Upon arrival, we assess the extent of the damage and identify areas of priority for our team. Timing is vital when dealing with the aftermath of a leak, and the best way to mitigate your losses is to reduce the time water is saturating the structure of your home and your belongings.

Most homeowners may not realize that water extraction is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Our SERVPRO crew pays close attention to the affected surfaces and employs specialized equipment to restore appropriate moisture levels. Leaving a surface excessively dry, for example, a hardwood floor can cause further damage which is also true for excessive moisture, which can cause buckling. Monitoring the humidity level of each material is of paramount importance in our work. When extracting water, our SERVPRO team may use different types of pumps, from truck-mounted to handheld ones, all to achieve the optimal extraction for the surface we are cleaning. Our work is not complete until we also dry each surface thoroughly. Drying could include a technique in which we drill holes into your walls to encourage air movement into your wall cavities to ensure no water deposit is left unaddressed.

SERVPRO of Middletown / New Britain is at your disposal to make sure your home is ready to leave winter behind. Call us at (860) 826-5169 and let us prepare your home for the upcoming months; we work hard to make it look “Like it never even happened.”

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