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What Should You Consider When Hiring Fire Damage Restoration Professionals in Wilmington?

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

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What to Look for When Hiring the Pros for Fire Damage Restoration in Wilmington 

No matter the level of fire damage that takes place, quick action is pertinent to stop the soot, residue, and odors from permeating throughout your home. Whenever moisture is left behind, the issue becomes even more dire, calling for professional extraction and drying methods. Waiting too long can end up weakening building materials, and your property turns into a breeding ground for dangerous mold and mildew. 

When you suffer from fire damage in Wilmington, the best way to get results is by hiring the professionals. These are just a few of the things that you should think about when finding the best restoration team for the job: 

What Items Need to Tossing? 

Our technicians at SERVPRO catalog every item we handle to report on the condition, making sure to note what needs discarding and why. We make sure to establish a detailed chain of custody and take pictures of all items throughout the restoration process to make for easy insurance claim expedition. 

Will You Work with My Insurance Company? 

At SERVPRO, we work with the homeowner and insurance adjustor to make sure everyone is in the loop during your fire damage cleanup, which includes all phases of your home restoration process through to the final details. 

How Can I Get Rid of Smoke Odors? 

Some homeowners think that DIY methods are good enough for smoke odor removal. However, the best way to ensure you remove all of the residual smoke odors is by hiring trained professionals. SERVPRO experts come to your home with specialized equipment and cleaning techniques to ensure the removal of odors at a molecular level. Once the drying process is complete, we go through to thoroughly clean surfaces with disinfectants for both odor removal and to hinder mold growth. 

Do You Address Cross-Contamination? 

When you suffer fire loss, heavy foot traffic spreads soot and odors throughout your home. SERVPRO contains the work area with plastic sheeting, or we employ the use of negative air chambers to help eliminate cross-contamination throughout your property. 

When it comes to quality fire damage restoration, you can always count on our team of trained professionals at SERVPRO of Brandywine/Wilmington. If you have questions on the processor you need to schedule services, please give us a call at (302) 762-8080, and we can send out a team as soon as possible. 

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Let Our Experts Save Your Wilmington Property

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

home after damage There is a myriad of concerns facing a homeowner when unexpected mold, water, storm, or fire damages occur.

Wilmington Residents know which Restoration Services to use in an Emergency

We set up shop here in Wilmington in 1990, intending to provide honest restoration services to the community during times of need. While the challenges facing homeowners and restorers have not changed, our approach to them is continually developing. We look to incorporate new technologies and techniques into our everyday services. Whether you are suffering from mold, fire, water, or storm-related property issues, SERVPRO of Wilmington is on-hand to prevent further losses.

Many challenges are facing a professional restorer in the aftermath of a property fire. Charred materials need removal, refinishing, or replacement. Equally, smoke residues can be widespread, leaving behind sooty, odorous deposits on walls and ceilings. However, one of the crucial parts of fire damage restoration in Wilmington is the assessment and repair of your heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) unit.

HVAC systems recycle air by pulling it from a supply area and distributing it through the rooms of your Wilmington home via return vents. Hot smoke can enter the supply side of your HVAC system, damaging the protective filter and spreading throughout the interior of your home. Failure to mitigate for a smokey HVAC system can result in soot deposits being redistributed into rooms after the cleaning procedure is complete. This is especially prevalent with odors that can often linger on long after fire damage has been removed. The culprit can often be an HVAC system that needed inspection at the time.

SERVPRO restoration services encompass HVAC inspection and light repairs. Where severe damage is noted, we can arrange for a third-party specialist to perform a unique restoration. When soots are caked onto the interior, we can use mechanical speed whipping equipment with negative air pressure machines to loosen and remove soots from interior vents. SERVPRO technicians can replace filters on the supply side of your HVAC and ventilation plates in each room to prevent future soot or smoke damages.

Furniture can be expensive to replace and increase the expense of your claim after water damage in your Wilmington home. However, getting the right restoration services can mitigate those losses. Fabrics in sofas, mattresses, armchairs, and carpets are all up to 50% weaker when wet, which can make cleaning a challenge. Equally, different materials respond differently to the introduction of cleaning agents or can suffer discoloration and watermarks if not attended to correctly.

Our team of highly trained technicians has training in multiple areas of furniture restoration. To mitigate losses, SERVPRO can block furniture propping it up above, standing water level while removal is carried out. We can also identify staining patterns or the potential for watermarking in your sofas. In these situations, drying furniture too quickly can often cause permanent harm.

Our restoration services are sensitive to furniture staining and can reduce the likelihood of permanent damage by cleaning while wet or controlling the drying procedure. Using plastic sheeting, we can form a protective barrier between fabrics to avoid dyes bleeding into one another. These barriers can be essential to reducing the risk of furniture dye staining carpets or walls. Once a SERVPRO is satisfied that the risk of further loss is under control, we can perform the tasks to thoroughly clean and dry the structure and contents.

Microbial life exists everywhere in a home environment. Comprising bacteria, fungi, and viruses, these microscopic organisms are rarely harmful to human health. However, when microbes settle and reproduce, they can form large colonies, produce unpleasant sights or smells, and make your home unhygienic. There is no comprehensive removal of mold, but we can remove mold damage from your Wilmington property using trained technicians, equipment, and cleaning agents.

Mold colonies generally appear as grey or green fluffs in corners, ceilings, and behind fittings. The appearance of these colonies can be a longstanding mold problem or appear in as little as 72 hours after a water spill or leak. Cleaning surface areas rarely treats the underlying problem. So it is not uncommon for Wilmington residents to notice mold returning every few days. This frustrating phenomenon is especially prevalent during the wetter times of year, where poor insulation is more exposed to adverse weather conditions.

Our restoration services are geared toward providing a quick, long-lasting solution to microbial growth issues in your Wilmington home. A thorough assessment of wall cavities as well as insulation may be necessary to ensure the root cause of your issue is removed. By removing the root causes of mold growth, we can be confident that it does not return after the restoration service is complete. As an extra precaution, our technicians can apply anti-microbial treatments to the affected area and items in close proximity to the mold issue.

As a resident of Wilmington, you should keep an eye on state weather alerts to ensure your preparations are kept up to date. Storm preparedness month featured several articles and advice columns on how to prepare your home and family for a violent weather event. In the aftermath of storm damage to your Wilmington home, it is vital to contact a professional restoration service immediately after contacting your insurer.

Houses contain valuable possessions and documents accumulated over a lifetime. Violent floods or heavy rainfall that enters the property can cause damage to these documents. SERVPRO restoration service that operates here in Wilmington can help to recover valuable documents and paperwork like wills, investment documentation, insurance papers, registration, and books.

Specialist restoration services are focused on preventing further losses. It is not possible to reverse existing damages but, with the right care, a SERVPRO document recovery technician can keep items in a usable state. We achieve this primarily by freezing documents as soon as possible. We can then take our time to decide on the best course of action on a document by document basis. Freeze drying and vacuum drying equipment can help return your precious documents to a usable state.

There is a myriad of concerns facing a homeowner when unexpected mold, water, storm, or fire damages occur. Our technical restoration team is here to help. Contact SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington at (302) 762-8080.

How Flooding Affects Wilmington Basements

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

water flooding in basement SERVPRO can remediate your water damaged basement quickly.

Threats of Natural Flooding Against Wilmington Foundations 

When torrential downpours and prolonged soaking rains raise water levels in creeks and streams surrounding your Wilmington home, the entire neighborhood could become susceptible to flood damages. While you can take preventative measures to reduce the penetration of this rising water into the main level of your home, it can be more challenging to keep floodwater out of your basement when vulnerabilities already exist. There are many threats to your property with natural flooding, especially when this disaster impacts the walls of your foundation.  

Many homes in the area have aging basements or cellar areas that can lead to flood damage in Wilmington. As challenging as these circumstances might be when you have a moderate amount of water to remove and dry up, natural flooding presents multiple risks beyond standing water. Addressing each of these concerns is the responsibility of our SERVPRO water restoration technicians and our licensed (#1992104829) general contractors. 

Hydrostatic Pressure 

This force is one that can collapse basement walls even without the presence of flooding, but a softening of the soil around the house after flood damage can make the home more susceptible to this structural failure. Under these compromised conditions, the pressure against the blockwork can become too substantial to maintain. Our SERVPRO team must consider this possibility to gauge the rate of water removal from the basement.  


Many of the surfaces in the basement are block or concrete, and they do not require removal and replacement, even with immediate exposure to contaminants. Instead, these surfaces can get cleaned with our line of potent products such as foam cleaning, agitative cleaning methods, and other strategies designed to disinfect, inhibit mold growth, and even reduce any lingering odors that might exist.  

Flooding can present many potential hazards to the lowest levels of your home, but our SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington team has the experience and the equipment to help. We can help your home through nearly every phase of recovery after a flood loss incident. Contact us today at (302) 762-8080.

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How SERVPRO Restored a Wilmington Home After Grease Fire Damage

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage on wall and ceiling.  A definite line showing what SERVPRO cleaned and what remains to be cleaned. Grease fire damage is very hard to clean.This photo shows where SERVPRO technicians have cleaned and what remains to be cleaned.

Recovering from a Grease Fire Damage in Wilmington 

Kitchen fires are among the most commonly experienced in Wilmington, usually producing greasy protein-based soot that sticks tightly to walls and ceilings. No surface or fixture is immune to the residues. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) trained Fire and Smoke Remediation Technicians (FSRT) are ready to use their skill and specially formulated cleaning products to remove the soot. 

After experiencing fire damage, a Wilmington family sought our help. A dinnertime mishap resulted in an intense but thankfully short term blaze in their kitchen. The fire was hot enough to distort a sheet metal panel above the stove. An oily coating of soot deposited throughout the room and elsewhere in the home. 

Using dry sponges as a first step, SERVPRO technicians work up the wall, carefully removing the residues completely but without smearing. Examine our progress mid-project in the photo. The obvious line of soot-free space on the affected surface illustrates the difference our skilled crew members make. We avoid the long term disruption and excessive expense of demolition and rebuilding with our cleaning success. The rest of the wall and the light fixture similarly responded when we continued the cleaning process, making the formerly blackened surfaces and fixtures “Like it never even happened.” 

The most pervasive effect of the fire cannot be pictured. Grease fires are notorious for creating noxious odors, the stench moving throughout the house on air currents, and possibly via HVAC ductwork. SERVPRO Odor Control Technicians (OCT) employ a range of strategies to trap or neutralize odor-bearing airborne residues. Useful techniques to eliminate odors include running a negative pressure air scrubber during the soot removal phase. The scrubber captures airborne particles carrying the smell and improves the general air quality for safety. 

We pursue odors that linger even after clean up is complete. The approaches we follow include judicious use of SERVPRO proprietary deodorizing products applied in locations where the odors continue to be troublesome. Innovative technologies that neutralize odors at a molecular level are also available and applied or operated by our certified technicians, including: 

  • Ozone machines
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Thermal foggers 

Have confidence in the highly-qualified fire damage recovery team at SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington. Give us a call at (302) 762-8080 and see the difference in our training and carefully curated products and equipment delivery. 

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You Can Succeed With Storm Damage Remediation in Wilmington With Team SERVPRO

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

storm damaged roof of a home Structural damage of a roof can quickly lead to attic flooding. Contact SERVPRO right away to mitigate the situation and prevent further damage.

Cleaning and Drying Attic Flooding in Wilmington Homes

When any structural damages occur in the roof of your Wilmington home, these vulnerabilities can allow a fast and devastating invasion of water from the weather event occurring outside. Your attic space was never constructed to withstand an onslaught of water damage, and this penetration can quickly saturate flooring plank, plywood backer for the roof, insulation, and framework. This damage could become even more costly and destructive if your attic has gotten renovated into usable living space.

When structural damages first occur, sealing up the residence must come before stormwater cleanup in Wilmington homes. With an in-house division of general contactors licensed (#1992104829) through the state of Delaware, we can offer emergency repairs to your roofing that temporarily stop the intrusion of water with tarping and board-up approaches. When the storm passes, these same contractors can work with your insurance provider to begin full reconstruction to the damaged portions of the roof to completely reseal and protect your attic space and the rest of the house.

Our SERVPRO team often deals more with drying out saturated elements during the mitigation stages of recovery after flooding in the attic. Some affected materials and contents must get removed and disposed of to reduce moisture content in the area. Insulation is an excellent example of oversaturated materials that must get removed to better dry and protect structural elements that can remain. Clearing out this material is much simpler when we use a HEPA-filter insulation vacuum. This unit reduces the production of airborne fibers that could be harmful to those exposed.

Drying up the attic space is often a combination of many of the industry-leading tools that our SERVPRO team has at our disposal. Most often, direct drying practices, including heaters, air movers, and dehumidifiers, are most effective in vaporizing saturation and collecting it for removal.

Storm damages can strike without warning, leaving homes vulnerable to flooding. Whenever your property faces flood effects, you can count on the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington team. We have trained technicians available 24/7 by calling (302) 762-8080.

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Contacting Our Experts Is Vital When Your Wilmington Home Experiences A Water Damage Issue

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

water damage incident in home SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington can provide you with the 24/7 emergency cleanup and restoration services you need to regain control.

Having A Quality Restorer For Water Damage In Your Wilmington Area Home Is Crucial

Having water intrude on your Wilmington living environment can be an upsetting experience for any property owner. It disrupts your typical lifestyle, creates possible health risks, and wreaks havoc on building materials and contents. However, it does not have to be difficult to recover.

Gaining access to a company that supplies water damage restoration for your Wilmington home can be a valuable asset. A restoration company with the right training, expertise, and specialized equipment can help dry and restore water-damaged structural components and other household contents to a quality preloss condition.

In addition to applying the technical aspects of your water damage restoration, SERVPRO technicians, maintain open communication. We satisfy the needs of every customer, finding a balance between cost reduction and loss. Helping you achieve the best results possible.

At SERVPRO, we use our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), an Employee Certification Training Program (ECTP), and continuing education to keep our technicians a head above the rest. The IICRCs Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (S500) governs services we supply, with five fundamental principles.

    •    Provide for the safety and health of workers and occupants
    •    Document conditions and work procedures
    •    Mitigation
    •    Drying
    •    Cleaning and repair

SERVPRO technicians perform a safety evaluation on your property as a first step to every job. We address all possible concerns before beginning emergency services or restoration work. Our technicians maintain a safe working environment to help protect everyone involved.

The team that comes to your home has all of the equipment and resources necessary to get the job done right. Even in hard-to-reach areas that are hard to enter, lack ventilation, are hard to move around in and would be hard to escape from in an emergency. Typically confined spaces, such as crawlspaces and your attic, may contain serious hazards many are not equipped to handle. These hazards include sewer gases, infectious waste, electrical shorts, and even gas line breaks.

SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington can provide you with the 24/7 emergency cleanup and restoration services you need to regain control. We take pride in supplying quality to the Claymont, Talleyville, and Edgemoor communities. Call (302) 762-8080.

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Why We Are The Leader In Wilmington Flood Damage Restoration

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

Our equipment removing cellulose insulation from a home We are removing cellulose insulation from a home and you can see we use the right tools and dispose of it properly.

Identifying Problem Areas after Flood Damage Incidents in Wilmington

After overcoming the shock of dealing with flooding incidents, you have to clean up and rebuild your Wilmington home. The process can be lengthy or straightforward, depending on the extent of damage caused. Some unexpected problems might also develop delaying or hampering restoration in other ways. One advantage of working with a professional like SERVPRO is the possibility of identifying such obstacles early. Common obstacles preventing the restoration of flood damage include:

  • Barriers to Fast Water Extraction
  • Issues Affecting Decontamination
  • Barriers Preventing Moisture Removal
  • Contents Overcrowding the Work Area

Although heavy soiling is the most likely outcome of flood damage incidents in Wilmington, overexposure to moisture is likely to cause most of the problems that develop. Fast water extraction, either in liquid, gaseous, or another form, can help stop secondary damages from occurring. Our SERVPRO crews try to establish whether there are factors that can hamper such extraction immediately. If the water reaches hidden cavities such as wall panels and subfloors, access even with sophisticated extraction equipment can be difficult. For the moisture soaked into materials such as wall panels, barriers such as wallpaper or glossy paint can hamper removal. Venting air movers into the wall cavities helps quicken drying in case of a barrier which punching weep holes or making flood cuts releases water from cavities.

Flood damage introduce a wide range of contaminants into the house, including biohazards, chemicals, and fuel oils. Cleaning procedures can remove these contaminants effectively, especially when detergents or other cleaning agents are used. However, contaminants can remain in the structure after cleaning because most of the cleaning products work through direct contact. The presence of porous materials such as carpets, upholstery, and gypsum-based wall panels in the areas reached by floodwaters can hamper decontamination because cleaning alone cannot eliminate all contaminants. Our SERVPRO technicians perform controlled demolition to remove such porous materials.

Identifying any potential obstacles before starting the restoration helps fast track the process. Call SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington at (302) 762-8080 to help plan and execute the restoration of damage, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Point Out Some Useful Deodorizing Products For Your Wilmington

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

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Wilmington's Fire Damage Professionals Point Out Some Useful Deodorizing Products

It is a rare occurrence, but fires tend to happen more than you think, and one day, your house in Wilmington could suffer from an unexpected inferno. According to nationwide statistics, fire damage is the third most common type of property claim sitting under water-related issues and theft. Any time even a small burn occurs on your property, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO.

One major problem during even small cases of fire damage in Wilmington is the presence of burnt, unpleasant aromas. When working towards deodorizing a structure, our SERVPRO team can use a wide variety of techniques and products. The first step to removing malodor particles is to remove all burnt materials and soot residues from the affected structure. Once burnt and charred items get disposed of, and soils and soot residues get cleaned, it is still possible that foul odors can linger.

When malodor particles are still present after the cleaning and demolition phases, our SERVPRO team must take other deodorization steps to restore your home to its preloss state and make it seem “Like it never even happened.” When attempting to rid your home of all unpleasant aromas, we often use the six following products.

1. Odor Counteracting Beads

These beads are made of porous materials that get permeated by deodorant chemicals. Once the package gets opened, these chemicals fill the air and work to mask malodors.

2. Deodorant Granules or Pellets

These pellets or granules are designed to absorb malodor particles by acting as a sponge and holding foul odors.

3. Water-Based Odor Counteractants

These chemicals get mixed with water and react with malodor particles to help neutralize them.

4. Water-Based Wet Mist Deodorizers

These products are used in an ultra-low volume fogger and get broken down into a fine mist to help the chemicals penetrate porous materials deeply.

5. Solvent-Based Thermal Fog Deodorizers

These chemicals contain various fragrances and odor counteractants, and they get broken down to microscopic particles when used in a thermal fogger.

6. Water-Based Thermal Fog Deodorizers

Some deodorants used in the "smoke" created by a thermal fogger are water-based and contain counteractants specifically for odors related to smoke, tobacco, or pets.

When mitigating smoke-related odors, we can use a large variety of industrially approved products and methods. For professional assistance after a fire takes place, call SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington at (302) 762-8080. We are available 24/7. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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The Best Way to Deal with Flood Damage in Wilmington

10/20/2019 (Permalink)

water damage on basement floor Take steps now and call SERVPRO to refurbish your flood damaged Wilmington home.

Avoiding Unlicensed Contractors After Flooding in Wilmington 

Needing reconstruction and repairs following flooding is not uncommon to Wilmington homes and businesses. With the frequency that many of these properties deal with this substantial water damage, it becomes more apparent with every emergency the benefit of choosing restoration companies based on their ability to offer fast and quality reconstruction. The downside to this need is that many predators take advantage of your compromised position after a widespread disaster like flooding. 

Because of the threats like contamination, flood damage in Wilmington homes often falls to the hands of skilled restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team. We even have a licensed (#1992104829) division of experienced contractors that can help to repair damaged areas of your property and also establish effective containment strategies for our mitigation experts to begin protecting other areas of your home upon our arrival. 

After a crisis, resources naturally get stretched thin with area restoration companies. Our crew has a direct link through a Large Loss Recovery Team to allow us to better pool our personnel, equipment, and expertise after flooding occurs. We can work around the clock on damaged properties to get them back to preloss condition and your precise specifications and expectations. We know that after a flood every second counts, so we have a prompt response to these emergencies and can handle multiple jobs simultaneously.  

Fake companies and unlicensed or uninsured contractors can appear out of thin air when flooding and other natural disasters strike. They offer deals that sound too good to be true, or they have reasonable pricing but want a portion of their expected estimates upfront to cover the initial expenses of materials and the ‘cost of doing business.’ Our SERVPRO team also has an overhead to consider, but we do not ask for money upfront from our customers regardless of the severity of damage to their property. 

You must stay prepared for the possibility of false companies and fake businesses popping up to “help you through your crisis” by exploiting your trauma. Let our SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington team help you through every phase of recovery by calling (302) 762-8080.

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Our Certified Mold Technicians Arrive Right Away In Wilmington

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Mold all over a wall in a home The wet area was left unattended to in this home and as a result this is how much mold grew. We were able to clean this for them right away.

Local Wilmington Mold Remediation Services Available 24/7 

Many situations could cause mold damage in your Wilmington home. In fact, any damages revolving around excess water could cause the growth of a mold colony in your home. When the mold spores in your home are exposed to excess moisture, it takes less than three days for a potential colony to begin growing. For this reason, if your home sustains water damage, you must reach out for remediation services before the problem can get worse. 

However, it should be noted that humidity could also cause mold damage to your Wilmington home. During the humid months of the year, you must ensure your home has the proper ventilation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) there are a few ways that you can help reduce the risk of mold in your home when it is humid. The CDC recommends using dehumidifiers or even air conditioning during the hot and humid summer months, to reduce the risk of mold spores activating.  

However, what would happen if a mold colony grew in your home, despite your efforts? In that case, the best thing you can do is reach out for professional help as soon as possible. Here at SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington, we work around your schedule- whenever you need us, our technicians can bring a van-full of advanced technology to your location. Remember, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our technicians are highly trained and have many certifications, including with the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) Furthermore, some of our technicians even have general contracting licenses and electronic restoration certification, making the services we can provide to you varied. 

Once our SERVPRO technicians get to your home, we could begin to work straight away. Let's say in this scenario, the mold damage formed near a window that was kept open to try and beat the heat. Our technicians would quarantine the area, to prevent the spread of active spores, and then thoroughly clean the area with antimicrobial cleaning agents. We could also set up an air scrubber to run while we work, which can remove airborne mold spores. Once our SERVPRO technicians were finished the job, we could use an antifungal agent to try and prevent regrowth. 

If you find your home is in urgent need of mold remediation, do not hesitate to get help. Speak with SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington by dialing (302) 762-8080. Whenever you need our help, we are ready to come to you. 

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