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Fall is Here! Is Your Home Ready for the Changing Seasons?

autumn-581074_640Fall has finally arrived! Which means winter is not far behind. I know, no one wants to think about winter on the first day of fall, but it’s important that you take advantage of the nice weather while we have it.

The beautiful weather of the fall is the perfect time of year for maintenance. Plus, no one wants to worry about their furnace going out or their pipes freezing in the dead of winter. Take a look at our fall home maintenance checklist, so when old man winter comes knocking, you’ll be ready for him!

1. Caulk Your Windows

If your windows aren’t properly caulked and ready for the cold weather, you’ll have a long winter to look forward to. Cold air will creep into your home, warm air will seep out and you’ll watch your power bill climb higher and higher as your furnace works to keep up!

2. Clean Yicicles-431975_640our Gutters

Everyone’s favorite job right? Of course not, but it’s important to clear away all of those fallen leaves, to avoid ice damage down the road.

3. Give Your Roof a Quick Inspection

While you’re on that ladder cleaning your gutters, you might as well hop onto your roof and check for any signs of damage. The condition of your roof is something that you need to stay on top of. Repairs are expensive and the damage done to your home by a leaky roof will be even more costly!

4. Insulation, Insulation, Insulation

Heating and cooling your home accounts for at least 47% of your total energy costs each year. This percent increases if your home is improperly insulated.

5. Battery Check

Fall maintenance is the best time to check and replace the batteries in your smoke alarms  and carbon monoxide detectors. Don’t forget to test your alarms to ensure they’re in proper working order!

P.S. Remember that Carbon Monoxide risks increase greatly during the colder months.

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Late September and early October are the best times to have a professional technician inspect and clean your heating systems. Annual maintenance is your best defense against your furnace failing you in the middle of winter. And having your system checked each fall will ensure your furnace will be ready the first time you turn it on!

7. Get Your Humidifiers Ready

Winter brings dry air and dry air means dry, cracked, itchy skin! Which is what makes humidifiers so important. Make sure that your humidifier is cleaned and ready to go, to avoid itchy consequences.

P.S. Make sure that you clean your humidifier every two to three weeks to prevent bacteria building up in your system and distributing throughout your air.

8. Prepare To Give Your Air Conditioner A Much Needed Vacation

The heat will soon be gone, hopefully, and your air conditioner will no longer be needed. Fall is a great time to dry vac the outer parts of your unit, so it’ll be ready to be turned back on next spring.

9. Ensure Your Winter Equipment Is In Working Order

The middle of a snow storm is not the time to discover that your brother-in-law never returned the snow shovel he borrowed, you’re out of salt or your snow blower won’t start. This fall, take the time to ensure that you have all of your snow removal equipment is in working order, stocked and in its proper place.

10. Don’t Let Your Pipes Freeze Up On You!

Frozen pipes are one the worst things that can happen to any home owner, but luckily there are a few steps you can take, to help prevent this type of disaster.broken-frozen-pipe

  • Turn off the water valves to your exterior pipes.
  • Ensure that any opening in which pipes enter your home are well sealed, insulated and caulked.
  • Have your pipes checked by a licensed plumber each fall, to ensure there are’nt any cracks or weak points that might freeze.

11. Have Your Portable Generator Inspected

Portable generators can be life savers if the power goes out during a strong snow storm. However, they can be very dangerous and need to be inspected by an electrician on a regular bases to ensure they are functioning properly.

12. Do You Feel A Draft?

Check your basement windows for cracks, loose frames and other sources for cold air to enter your home. Caulk where needed.

13. Change Up Your Air Flow

Since heat rises, it is to your benefit to redirect the air flow away from your ceiling,  back down toward the floor. You can do this if you change the direction your ceiling fan spins, so that it creates an upwards draft and sends the warm air back down.

14. Call 1-888-9TIGER1 or visit TrustTiger.com to have a Licensed Plumber, HVAC Technician and/or Electrician come out to your home and address any fall or winterizing issues or concerns you may have.

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Five Summer Plumbing Problems You Can Avoid.

The first official week of summer is upon us and it’s time for all the fun the season brings; cookouts, swimming pools, cold ice-cream, vacations, lots of time outdoors and much more. Unfortunately, all of this summer time fun can lead to some not so fun issues with your plumbing. Here’s a list of five common summer plumbing problems and ways you can avoid them.

  1. Washing Machine Overload

With all of the extrIMG_0002 4a time you and your family will be spending outdoors, your clothes will get dirtier and you’ll likely be changing your outfits faster than normal. This means that your poor washing machine will be working overtime during the summer months, which can lead to some serious issues.

  • Check your machines hose for any signs of damage, your hose should be replaced every three years or so, to avoid more expensive maintenance issues.
  • Make sure your washing machine is about four inches or more away from the wall, to prevent any new damage or kinking of your hose.
  • Try to only run your washing machine when your home, so you can stop your machine if it starts acting up.
  1. Over Feeding Your Disposal

After a long cold winter, BBQ season has finally arrived and you’re loading up on lots of grilled yummy foods, just be careful about what foods you feed your plumbinggarbage disposal.

  • Remember your disposal isn’t meant to handle everything, some foods should just be pitched.
  • Avoid putting food items like corn cobs, potatoes, watermelon rinds, chicken or other bones in your disposal.
  • Additionally, shoving too much food into your disposal, too fast may damage or break your disposal.
  • Keep in mind that portion control could save you a lot of stress and money during this summer’s cookouts.
  1. Sweaty Ductwork

The warming weather brings more humidity with it, which can cause your ducts to “sweat” from the extra condensation, which can lead to long-term issues, if the extra water can’t drain properly.

  • Check to make sure all of your drains are clean and water can flow through freely.
  • Check the drain pan, if you have attic installation, and make sure there isn’t water in the drain pan.
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People tend to use the toilet more during the summer months. Some toilets may have difficulty dealing with the extra work load.

  • Consider using less paper when you can.
  • Explain to young children that they only need to flush when they actually use the bathroom. Freshly potty-trained children tend to over flush.
  1. Water Works

Summer means lots of time in the water. Whether you’re kicking back next to the pool, running through the sprinklers, watering your lawn or filling up water balloons, you’ll want to ensure that the water keeps flowing.

  • Check your embedded sprinkler and make sure the heads are clear and be careful not to run them over while mowing.
  • Keep your pool’s filter clean and keep an eye for leaks on aboveground pools.
  • Replace leaking hoses, to keep your water bill under control.

If you’re still concerned about the condition of your pipes or other have other plumbing concerns and you would like an inspection from a certified local professionalschedule an appointment online or give Tiger Plumbing Services a call today at 1-866-TIGER70.

Your Sinus Headaches May Not Be Caused By Allergies…

Did you know that headaches can be caused by poor indoor air quality?

When we get headaches, that we often contribute to seasonal allergies, we don’t think that they could be caused by our own homes or the buildings in which we work; however, more often than not, environmental causes may be 4867472163_422821ed85the culprit for our achy heads – including poor indoor air quality. Having good indoor air quality is vital for the maintenance of proper health. According to the statistics presented by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the pollutant level inside the home is often two to five times higher than what is outside. These pollutants include different types of airborne particles as well as particulate matters such as gases, lung irritants, allergens, toxic chemicals and VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

If you get headaches often, take time to notice if it only happens when you are in a particular room or building.  If so, there are two likely causes: Mold or Clogged Air Ducts. The presence of mold in your home or building may lead to several health issues.  In addition to headaches, recurring mold exposure may produce the following symptoms: decreased attention span, fatigue, respiratory distress, asthma, irritations of eye, nose, throat, and lungs, and redness and rashes, among others.

Young children are particularly vulnerable to the various health risks associated with polluted indoor air, as their lungs are still developing and are smaller in size. They also need to take more breaths in throughout each day, which becomes difficult if the air quality is bad. If a person is experiencing asthma attacks or allergy symptoms, then bad indoor air quality in his or her home might be a probable cause for such symptoms. Poor indoor air quality can be caused by a variety of factors, such as lingering odors, poor ventilation, water damage, new furniture, a new pet or environmental changes such as a recent construction.

If the ductwork in your home or building is clogged, clean air cannot reach the room or rooms it is vented into. When this happens, only stale air and carbon dioxide re-circulates and the lack of 4873976130_97338fc1f2oxygen-rich air will cause headaches. The best way to treat poor indoor air quality is to have your air duct system cleaned and disinfected.

Likewise, If you experience allergic reactions more severely when you are in a certain room, space, or building than you do in others, it is likely caused by the presence of unknown allergens. If you are bothered in a certain area with allergic reactions, it is very important to get indoor air quality testing to rule out the possibility of poor indoor air quality being the cause of your allergies.

Using professional duct cleaning experts, such as those at Tiger Heating & Air Conditioning Services, will ensure that the indoor air that you breathe is healthy.  Schedule an appointment online, or call us today at 1-866-TIGER70. Don’t delay, get headache and allergy relief today!

 

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Tiger Continues to Support Cancer Research

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METRO EAST, IL. – Tiger Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning has expanded their fleet of orange tiger-striped trucks and vans with two pink tiger-striped vehicles. The van and the truck will help raise money for cancer awareness in our area.

“We wanted to do something to help out our community, so a portion of the proceeds from each service call that we go to in one of these vehicles is donated to the American Cancer Society,” said Jeff Gamblin, owner of Tiger Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. “To date, we have donated over $8,000 to the organization.”

The eye-catching vehicles are a big hit at local community events as well.

“We like to take the vehicles out to local Relay for Life events, and other cancer-related awareness events,” said Gamblin. “On June 27th, 2015, we will be at the Relay for Life event in Collinsville, Illinois, to show our support.”

“The funds donated from these vehicles are helping the American Cancer Society to create a world with more birthdays,” said Relay for Life Specialist, Amanda Kernan. “Because of Tiger’s commitment to finish the fight against cancer, the American Cancer Society is able to ensure patients have transportation to and from treatment, provide free lodging for both patients and caregivers, fund life changing cancer research, and so much more.”

acstiger2Tiger Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Services, which has been in business since 1993, has a fleet of more than 24 vehicles, and supports more than 7,000 calls in the Metro East each year.

“Everyone knows somebody that has been affected by cancer,” said Gamblin. “This is our way of making a difference in our community.”

To request one of the pink vehicles to come out to your home for service, call 1-866-TIGER70 or visit TrustTiger.com today.

Prevent HVAC Issues Before The Cold Months… These Tips Will Save You Time & Money This Winter!

Those of us in the Midwest appreciate how well heating works in the cold months. I’ve lived throughout the region, and have experienced temperatures in the teens at night in October, and hard frost in the morning. While I know to expect harsh weather in the Metro East, I want to snuggle up at home without having to pile on every single blanket I own. I count on my HVAC system to work when I need it, and I know to pay attention when things don’t appear to work correctly. Minding my HVAC system early on in the fall helps me prepare for cold nights in the winter, so I don’t have to shiver while waiting for a technician.

small_8121287668How can one avoid problems with heating in the winter? You actually have to begin your plan early in the year, probably when you are not using your heating and air as much. This is where it gets tricky, because if you’re less likely to run your air conditioner or furnace, you probably won’t think much of it. Therefore, you may neglect regular inspections and checking the filters to see if they need to be replaced. If you do neglect seasonal maintenance, you run the risk of problems in the future. Clogged filters won’t put out the heat you need, and you may automatically reach for the thermostat to crank up the temperature. In turn, your HVAC system probably works harder than it has to, and you end up paying more when the utility bills come in. A clogged filter can also circulate more allergens around your home, increasing the risk of illness more often.

small_3355569230There is a solution that definitely won’t cost you so much money – check up on your filters every month or so and replace accordingly. Keep the air circulating clearly throughout the house and make sure nothing is blocked against your vents. Let the passage of air come through and warm up your home. Tiger Heating & Air Conditioning even offers lifetime warranty washable filters and electronic air cleaners that are much more effective than standard paper filters.

Another problem with high utility bills you might experience could come from heating rooms that aren’t in use. If you spend more time in your bedroom or living room, there may not be a reason to heat guest rooms if nobody is staying over. Before winter hits, consider looking into upgrading your system so that you can control which rooms get more heat, and which ones are set at a comfortable level, in case you have guests over around the holidays.Technician inspecting furnace

You can avoid problems with heating and air in the winter by having the professionals at Tiger inspect your ducts and units before the cold comes along. Preventative actions taken in the fall can help you stay cozy and warm through the holidays.

Now is the best time to get your HVAC system professionally checked by Tiger Heating & Air Conditioning technicians. You can schedule an appointment today by visiting www.TrustTiger.com or by calling 1-866-TIGER70.

Clean Air Leads To A Healthy Home

As a homeowner, you probably give a great deal of attention to how well your furnace and air conditioner operate and keep each room of your home comfortable. But heating and cooling systems do more than raise and lower room temperature; they can also regulate or impact the quality of the air we breathe. Indoor air quality affects our comfort and our health.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor pollution sources that release gases or microscopic particles into the air are the primary causes of indoor air quality problems in homes. Poor ventilation could increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to reduce emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels could also increase concentrations of some pollutants.

Primary Sources of Indoor Air Quality Problems

HVAC-Air-Quality-SolutionsThere are many sources of indoor air pollution in homes. These include combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products, all of which could produce carbon monoxide and other invisible and potentially deadly gases. Carpets, household cleaning products, insulation, and building materials can produce high levels of toxins. Dust, mold, and allergens can easily and invisibly accumulate and spread through the air and throughout your home. Even outdoor sources such as radon and pesticides could potentially get in your home.

Amount of Ventilation

If there is not enough fresh outdoor air entering your home, pollutants could accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort problems. Newer homes that are designed to minimize the amount of outdoor air that can leak into and out of the home may potentially have higher pollutant levels than older homes that are normally considered “leaky” or “drafty.”

Indoor Pollution and Health Effects

Sometimes the effects of indoor air quality take time to show up. Initial symptoms could include unexplained headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and irritation of eyes, nose and throat. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be debilitating or fatal. Have you changed the batteries in your detector or tested it recently? 

Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Fortunately, homeowners have many options to ensure that the air quality of their homes is healthy and pollutant-free.

Source Control: Eliminate individual sources including smoking, wood or coal burning stoves. Keep cleaning products outside and remove harmful asbestos and insulation products.

Ventilation Improvements: Open your windows and doors. Run the bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans. Operate window or attic fans when weather permits.

Air Cleaners and Filters: There are many add-ons and modifications to your heating and air conditioning system that can be used to filter out contaminants and improve air quality. Changing your filter according to your system’s recommended maintenance schedule can keep your home allergy and pollution-free and can keep your heating and cooling system in fine working order for just a few dollars a year. On the higher end, there are some outstanding filtration systems that can remove up to 98% of all household contaminants.IndoorAirQuality3

The Right Systems and Equipment for Your Home

If you have an older model heating or air conditioning system, chances are that the quality of the air you and your family are breathing is not as good as it could be. After about 10 years of operation, many heaters and air conditioners can turn into breeding grounds for germs, allergens, and mold. Air conditioners and heaters manufactured before the year 2000 produce far more pollutants than today’s cleaner, more efficient models. Today’s heating and air conditioning systems also include advanced temperature and humidity controls and filtration systems to maintain ideal conditions and remove airborne contaminants.

If you’re concerned about the quality of air in your home, contact Tiger Heating and Air Conditioning. Our comfort advisors can perform a FREE In-Home Energy and Comfort Analysis to assess your indoor air quality and determine if your existing heating and cooling system poses any health risks. They can also work with you to design a heating and air conditioning solution that can deliver maximum comfort and optimal air quality.

Call Tiger Heating & Air Conditioning Services at 1-866-TIGER70 or visit TrustTiger.com to schedule an In-Home Energy and Comfort Analysis Today!

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Tips for Optimum Efficiency of Your HVAC System

Maintaining Your System

With the recent heat wave in the Saint Louis Metro East, I’m sure many of you have been running your air conditioners constantly. Along with thinking, “I thought summer was over with,” you may be concerned about your looming energy bills. The cost of energy seems to be going up all the time. This same cost, associated with keeping the temperatures inside our homes comfortable, has left a lot of us looking for cost effective preventative maintenance for our HVAC system. This kind of care calls for looking after the HVAC system installed in our homes in a systematic and routine manner. Periodic inspection and servicing of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system ensures that the system keeps working proficiently for a long time to come. This not only means that our energy bills remain under control, but also that the expensive HVAC equipment need not be replaced or upgraded so early in the system’s life.

We cannot live without climate control. It is essential to have comfortable temperatures and humidity levels all year round with warm temperatures during winters and cool air during hot summers. This requires both our air conditioning and heating systems to operate in an efficient manner. If you don’t look after your HVAC equipment, you may be required to pay higher energy bills besides paying dearly to get the repairs done. It is only natural for an HVAC system to become less efficient with the passage of time if it is not serviced and maintained periodically. In addition, did you know that your system’s warranty could be voided if regular service is not maintained? There are also very high chances of breakage and damages.

family with tiger ac unitAre you keeping up with the Jones’? If you are paying more than your neighbors in terms of your monthly electric bill it is probably time to consult Tiger Heating and Air Conditioning Services to design a regular maintenance plan for your HVAC equipment. A repair to your HVAC system in the middle of the winter can be very costly. This is where regular maintenance comes handy, as it not only keeps the parts of your HVAC system working efficiently, but also improves the longevity of the HVAC system.

HVAC is an acronym for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The parts of an HVAC system include fans, blowers, pumps, centrifuges, tubes, ducts, filters, circuit boards, accumulators, blower wheels, compressors, thermostats and so on. It is indeed a complicated system designed to ensure that you and your family members remain comfortable even when there is a scorching sun or biting cold outside. It is not necessary for you to know about each and every part inside your HVAC system, but you can certainly play your part in keeping the system working efficiently with the help of Tiger Heating and Air Conditioning Services.

Buy A Filter Or Be A Filter

Man Changing Furnace FilterDo you feel like you constantly have indoor allergies when at home? It may not be your beloved pet that is causing this. Filters inside the HVAC system are like the lungs in our body. It is vitally important to keep your lungs clean and clear for breathing, just like the filters in your ventilation system. The filters need regular replacement because microorganisms such as dust mites get inside the HVAC system along with dust; these being released into your air stream can cause potential health problems for your family members. If not regularly changed, or in some cases cleaned, the filters in your HVAC system can provide a breeding ground for microorganisms. Changing dirty filters is one easy step you can take for day to day maintenance in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. At Tiger, we have a wide variety of filters designed to meet your comfort and air quality needs.

Keep The A/C Unit Clean

Is that a freight train or your air conditioner!? Obstructions to the condenser coil (that thing outside that runs when you turn your A/C on) prevents the system from drawing in fresh air. This happens when dead leaves, heavy dust, or any other impurity is drawn inside the condenser coil. In the Midwest, this can happen cyclically: when the farmers are tilling prior to planting, when they are harvesting in the late summer, and when the leaves fall. To clean the condenser all you need to do is turn off the circuit breaker to the AC unit, then wash it with a soap solution and water. Never use water at high pressure to wash the condenser as it can cause irreparable damage to the fins of the condensers. The safest solution, however, is to call your qualified, professional technicians at Tiger to perform these cleaning operations for you.

By maintaining your heating and cooling system, you can save a lot of your hard earned money on energy costs. If you have any questions, or to schedule an appointment, contact Tiger Heating and Air Conditioning Services at 1-866-TIGER70 or visit TrustTiger.com . Remember  that we offer duct cleaning and sanitization, too!

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What is a Residential Zoning System?

bigstock-Happy-family-at-home-Real-est-46211113Imagine if every time you turned on a light switch, every electrical device in your home came on, or if every time you went to wash your hands every faucet, shower, tub and toilet opened up. That would be crazy! So why is it that when you need heating or air conditioning in one room the entire house heats up? Now you can zone your heating and cooling so that you don’t have to heat or cool your entire home when you don’t need to.

We can fit your home with a home zoning system specially designed to allow your entire family to be comfortable, regardless of where they are in your home. Now you can divide your home’s ductwork into specific zones that can be controlled independently, whether heating or cooling.

Imagine the bedrooms on one zone, the family room on another, and the kitchen on a third. Even better yet, you can finally control that hard to heat and cool addition for which you paid a fortune. 

Give us a call today at 1-866-TIGER70  to schedule your free estimate of a zoning system in your home or visit TrustTiger.com for more information.

Breathe Easier in Your Home

Dclean homeirt, mold, bugs, mites, and other “stuff” are all living in your duct system. Gross, right?  Tiger Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can get rid of it all with our Total Source Removal cleaning process. You will be able to see for yourself all of the dirt and debris that we remove from your duct system. More importantly, through the use of remote video inspection cameras, you will also be able to see how clean your duct system is when we finish cleaning.

If you’d like to take your air purification a step further, consider using Ultraviolet (U.V) lights. Tiger has found that the most successful way to handle system mold is through U.V. germicidal lights. These U.V. systems are a recent breakthrough in protecting the health of a home. 

Ultraviolet light in the “C” band (UVC) has been used for more than 65 years to kill microorganisms in hospitals, barber shops, laboratories, pharmaceutical plants, and at the nation’s Center for Disease Control. Residential ultraviolet units have been independently tested and proved to be effective in the constantly moving air environments of heating and cooling systems, killing mold and bacteria quickly and effectively. The UVC energy attacks the organism’s DNA and either destroys it immediately or prevents it from reproducing. 

For most people, the original motivation for installing the lights is to abate IAQ complaints and/or allergies. However, they are also pleased to learn that many hidden odors are also eliminated with U.V. technology.

Call Tiger today so we can help you clean the air in your home!

5 Tips to Minimize Spring Allergies

Spring weather is finally here and the warmer temperatures are a welcome change from the freezing temperatures that we’ve had for the past few months. As wonderful as the warmer weather will be, the pollen, dust mites and other pollutants that will accompany are not so welcome. Here are just a few tips that can help you minimize your Springtime allergies.

medium_56975396281. Control your immediate environment.
If you know which trees or pollen affect you, you can try to remove them and replant more tolerable types. But remember that airborne pollens can travel hundreds of miles from where they originated. Mowing the lawn stirs up pollens, so if you can hire someone else to do so. Also, avoid sitting outdoors around freshly cut grass.

2. Close up the house.
As tempting as it can be to open up your windows and let in the fresh Spring air, try not to. Open windows let in pollen.

3. Adjust your indoor humidity level.
If spores from mold cause your allergies to bother you, aim for a humidity level of less than 50%. Consider buying a digital thermometer with a humidity gauge, available for about $40 or less. You may need a dehumidifier to get a level lower than 50%. Set up the dehumidifier on the main living level of the house, if your house has more than one story.* Tiger can provide you with the best choice for your home.

4. Upgrade your air filter.
Most heating and cooling systems still use a basic air filter. These filters were originally designed to protect the equipment and not the people served by the equipment. The average air filter is only capable of removing 3–5% of the particles that pass through it. Today, however, there are several types of permanent air filters available in various efficiencies that can help you filter the air in your home. If you suffer from allergies, asthma, hay fever or other breathing difficulties, there is an air filter that can help you. We can even provide you with the same type of air filter used in hospital operating rooms.

5. Have Your Air Conditioning System Checked and Cleaned.
Our 14-point “Super Tune-Up” is a complete cleaning of your air conditioner, not just an inspection, like you might get at another company. Call Tiger Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Services today for more information on our Air Conditioning Clean and Check – your allergies will thank you!

*Source: WebMD

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