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Keeping Your Important Papers Safe

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Like it or not, tornado season is nearly upon us! We want you to be prepared if the unexpected happens.  Here are some tips to keep your papers and photos safe from the storm.

  • Tip #1: Be sure to scan your important papers and documents such as your passports, house, deed and insurance papers so that you have easy access to them should the hard copy be destroyed or inaccessible
  • Tip #2: Be sure to back up those precious photos so that they are not completely lost
  • Tip #3: Use a cloud storage system such as Box, iCloud or even Amazon Cloud Storage to keep all your items safe.

For more information, visit: https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2015/11/18/keep-your-important-documents-safe-disaster

About SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 627-6251!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis
  • Madison County Chamber of Commerce

Awards

  • Bronze Chariman Award

Staying Safe in the Aftermath of a Storm

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Like it or not, tornado season is nearly upon us! We want you to be prepared if the unexpected happens.  While there is loss of life that occurs during a storm, many lives are also lost in the aftermath of a storm. Here’s a few tips on how to stay safe after the storm passes.

  • Tip #1: Tornadoes often strike when you least expect it. Be sure you have a designated meeting place to reconnect with loved ones in case you get separated during the storm.
  • Tip #2: Be sure to keep your driver’s license or some kind of photo identification on you. This will make it easier to access your home through security checkpoints that are often established in the harder hit areas.
  • Tip #3: Always keep your shoes on. Tornadoes leave bent pieces of metal, screws and many other debris that could easily cut you. Try to keep your shoes on in the aftermath.

For more information, visit: https://www.ready.gov/tornadoes

About SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 627-6251!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis
  • Madison County Chamber of Commerce

Awards

  • Bronze Chariman Award

Setting Up Your Storm Shelter 101

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Like it or not, tornado season is nearly upon us! We want you to be prepared if the unexpected happens.  Storm shelters are a vital necessity in the south to protect yourself and your loved ones from those fierce spring storms. Here are some tips on how to set up your storm shelter so that riding out the storm becomes a more manageable experience.

  • Remember to have that Emergency Kit close by. If you’re not sure what should be in your Emergency Kit be sure to check out our earlier blog on making your own Emergency Kit.
  • Board games. Especially if you have kids, board kids can save their sanity and yours!
  • Tools to help you dig out of the rubble such as a sledge hammer, crowbar and shovel will all come in handy if you find yourself trapped under some rubble.

For more information on setting up your storm shelter, visit: https://www.fema.gov/safe-rooms/frequently-asked-questions-tornado/hurricane-safe-rooms

About SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 627-6251!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis
  • Madison County Chamber of Commerce

Awards

  • Bronze Chariman Award

Don’t Forget Your Pets!

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Like it or not, tornado season is nearly upon us! We want you to be prepared if the unexpected happens.  Often times we do really well preparing ourselves and our home, but we forget our four-legged members of the family. So here are some tips to keep these precious angels safe and secure.

  • Tip #1: Remember to have food and water in your storm shelter for your pets as well. If you have a cat, don’t forget that litter box in case you’re stuck for a few days.
  • Tip #2: If you have a high anxiety pet you might want to consult a veterinarian about the best way to make them feel comfortable. Alternatively, a thunder jacket works well for most dogs and can be found at most pet retail stores or on Amazon.
  • Tip #3: Be sure to have a kennel setup in your storm shelter to give your dog or cat a safe place to hide. If you do venture out after the storm, be sure to keep your dog on a leash. It’s easy for them to get scared or lost in the aftermath of a storm.

If you want to learn more, here are a couple of great resources on keeping your cats and dogs safe:

Dogs: http://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/dog-health-care-tornado-safety-tips-preparation

Cats: http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-health-care-tornado-safety-tips-preparation

About SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 627-6251!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis
  • Madison County Chamber of Commerce

Awards

  • Bronze Chariman Award

Emergency Preparedness Kits – Vital Tools During Tornado Season

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Like it or not, tornado season is nearly upon us! We want you to be prepared if the unexpected happens.  A valuable tool in preparing for tornado can be an emergency preparedness kit. Stocked with flashlights, tools, NOAA weather alert radio, water, food and more; having an emergency preparedness kit can make all the difference if you’re trapped in your storm shelter without access to emergency supplies.

Here are a few top items that should go into an Emergency Preparedness Kit:

  • When a tornado strikes, first responders are often inundated with requests for help, so you have to be prepared to survive for a short time on your own. A good basic kit has food and water supplies for at least 72 hours.
  • You should have a battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather alert radio that will alert you of an approaching tornado and keep you informed after the storm.
  • Be sure to have basic first aid supplies such as bandages and hydrogen peroxide to clean minor wounds.

For a full list and to assemble your own kit, be sure to visit: https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

About SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Countiesspecializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll Counties.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 627-6251!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis
  • Madison County Chamber of Commerce

Awards

  • Bronze Chariman Award

Chimney and gas log maintenance is important!

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Everyone enjoys a good fire in the fireplace. Whether you have a chimney or a gas log fireplace, there is some basic maintenance that you can do to prevent having to call SERVPRO because of soot or fire spreading beyond your fireplace. So here are a few, quick tips to keep your fireplace or gas logs functioning smoothly all winter:

  • Lack of chimney maintenance can cause some serious problems and eventually lead to fires. Your local fire department recommends that your chimney should be cleaned out at least once every other year.
  • If you’ve ever noticed that your walls and ceiling have a soot build-up; it’s not that you’re not doing a good cleaning job. When you don’t give your chimney regular maintenance, it can cause over time what is known as a ghosting effect. If you start to see your walls and ceilings covered in soot, you are past due for that chimney cleaning.
  • Another sign that you might need your chimney cleaned is when you get a puff back of smoke. Assuming you haven’t left your flue closed, puff backs tend to happen when there is a build-up in your chimney and it circulates right back into your home.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today (731) 627-6251

Smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure. Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor. The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today (731) 627-6251

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Kitchen Safety: Don’t get distracted!

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Without a doubt the majority of fires we see at SERVPRO, started in the kitchen. We’ve got some tips to make sure that the only thing that could be burning in that kitchen is this evening’s dinner – and we can’t help you with that one.

  • Before you leave the kitchen, double-check that the over and burners have all been turned off. Most fires happen because the person doing the cooking gets distracted and forgets that they are cooking.
  • Keep all paper towels, pot holders and kitchen towels away from the burners.
  • In the event that things do get a little out of hand be sure to have a fire extinguisher handy for most kitchen fires. If you’re dealing with a grease fire – baking soda is your best bet.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today (731) 423-9944

Smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure. Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor. The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today (731) 627-6251

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Dryer maintenance helps prevent fires

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

If you’re like most people, once your dryer cycle is done, you scoop out the lint and move on to the next load of laundry. But there is a little more to dryer maintenance than that, especially if you want to prevent having to call SERVPRO because of a fire. So here are a few, quick tips to keep your dryer from becoming a fire hazard:

  • Once a week vacuum and clean out the lint trap filter. This will keep lint from building in the dryer and causing a fire.
  • Every 6 months check behind the dryer and ensure that the exhaust hose is not crushed and is circulating properly.
  • Every 6 months, you also want to make sure that the exhaust vent receives a thorough cleaning, as well as your duct work, and for that service make sure you are contacting your local SERVPRO.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today (731) 627-6251

Smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure. Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor. The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Weakley, Carroll and Gibson Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today (731) 627-6251

SERVPRO of Weakley, Carroll and Gibson Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Did you know a few, simple maintenance tips can save your washing machine?

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Washing machines are one of the trusty work horses in the home. Researchers estimate that the average family of four does about 8 to 10 loads of laundry a week; that’s over 500 loads of laundry a year! With that much work, it’s important to be good to your washing machine. Here are some preventative maintenance tips you should perform to keep the work horse running happy:

  • Did you know your washing machine lines should be replaced every 3-5 years? Each time the machine is turned on or off, the lines are contracting and expanding, which leads to eventual wear and tear. Replacing those line every 3 to 5 years will lead to a happier machine.
  • Replacing your machine lines are as easy as replacing your outdoor hoses. But, please remember to make sure your water is shut off before you begin, and you are securing them with a wrench. 
  • If you have rubber hoses replace them with stainless steel braided hoses.

If the unexpected happens and your washing machine line springs a leak and causes water damage, know that your local SERVPRO is here to help.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today  (731) 627-6251

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Weakley, Carroll and Gibson Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Weakley, Carroll and Gibson Counties

SERVPRO of Weakley, Carroll and Gibson Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

How to be ready for winter weather

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to be ready for winter weather Tell your local church or business that SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson, Carroll Counties can complete for them an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for free.

Imagine winter strikes at your home, business, or church. Have you taken the necessary precautions to avoid further damages in case disaster strikes?

Enjoy your holidays merry and bright while keeping your property safe. Winter is wonderful, but it could also bring freezing rain, sleet, winds and snow that could be damaging to your property. Be prepared to face any type of winter conditions.

Here is our list of precautionary measures to protect your property: 

  • Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can break branches and limbs that are too close to your property. Check for those potential hazards. 
  • Check your roofs, water pipes, and gutters for leaves or branches left there this fall. Gutter waterspouts should be directed away from your building. Verify all drainages are clear in order to avoid an unnecessary flood.
  • Handrails, stairwells, and entryways must be clear and safe for potential slippery incidents. You could install mats in those areas to avoid danger.
  • Water should drip through your pipes when temperatures drop below freezing. Pipes under a cabinet can enjoy some warm air from the house if you leave cabinet doors open. That small gesture would prevent those pipes from freezing.
  • If you have outdoor faucets, you could shut the water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.

Tell your local church or business that SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson, Carroll Counties can complete for them an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for free. The ERP would provide them with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster. When winter weather strikes, call your local SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson, Carroll Counties to strike back. 

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (731) 784-4938

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson, Carroll Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson, Carroll Counties 

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson, Carroll Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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