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How Do I Clean My Belongings After Fire Damage?

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Soot and fire damage all over the walls, bed, and shelving in a bedroom. Our SERVPRO technicians can walk you through cleaning up your belongings after a fire damage in Lafayette.

Cleaning your belongings from your fire damaged items in Lafayette can be tricky.

More often than not, fires happen seemingly out of nothing, and it can take a while to find the culprit.  The fire damage, however, is palpable as soon as the first flame erupts and soot and ashes deposit themselves around every single surface in your home.  As overwhelming as the situation may seem, professional restoration experts can help you clean and disinfect your property, so this fire incident becomes a memory.  Having a team of experts available to meet the specific cleaning needs of each item in your home individually is priceless in preserving your belongings and mitigating your loss.

In Lafayette, SERVPRO is your fire damage expert.  Our trained technicians have access to a wide variety of techniques and products designed specifically for our industry to clean and restore your items after a fire.  All you need to do is call our 24/7 hotline so our Green Fleet may jump into action and begin the cleanup process as soon as possible. 

As a homeowner, you may be tempted to start cleaning as soon as firefighters are out of your house and confirm it is safe for reentry.  However, our SERVPRO technicians can tell you how important it is to use the right cleaning approach for your belongings. Failure to target your cleaning solutions may result in unnecessary loss and damage to some of your possessions.  The clean-up process typically starts with some dry cleaning, when we remove the fine dust settled throughout your house with brushes, vacuums, and sponges. Once this step is complete, we employ wet cleaning techniques for the remaining residue.  In the latter process, we may use spray solutions to wipe away the soot and could follow with foam cleansers to penetrate upholstery and other porous items.  For tougher jobs, we can use abrasive cleaners, always being careful of not damaging the surface.

SERVPRO of Lafayette is your fire cleanup and restoration ally regardless of the size of your job.  Our expertise can help you protect your belongings during the cleanup process and avoid a total loss.  All you need to do is call us at (337) 269-6332 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.” 

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Our Professionals Discuss Water Damage Cleanup Tactics For Your Lafayette Business

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

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Fast Commercial Water Damage Cleanup Tactics In Lafayette Businesses

Being closed due to water damage is bad for business, and stressful for business owners who do not know when they can safely reopen, how significant the loss is, and will there be issues afterward?

The key to avoiding secondary issues after commercial water damage in a Lafayette business is a thorough cleanup. Not only the moisture requires removal but also ambient humidity levels need addressing. The increased humidity levels have the potential to ruin stock, and these items necessitate moving to another area of the building to a move-out to a secure storage location.

Safety First
When handling a relatively large water loss in a commercial property, SERVPRO technicians frequently ask for the business to remain closed during mitigation. Wet floors harbor dangers including slip and fall accidents, or the water itself, maybe unsafe if it contains sewage or chemicals. Meticulous testing of the water is done, so technicians know exactly what they are dealing with.

Water Extraction Methods
Consumer-grade wet/dry vacuums and even the equipment the regular cleaning crew possesses is generally not robust enough to pull embedded water out of the structure and contents. SERVPRO technicians have attachments such as weighted extractor heads that push water out of the carpet and upholstered furnishings to speed the drying process.

Fans Do Not Adequately Dry Water Loss Areas
Commercial drying equipment uses the science of psychrometry. Even industrial fans used for cooling commercial properties do not possess the power of an air mover. This machine blows air across the surface and actually causes embedded moisture to rise. Centrifugal air movers can direct strong, focused streams of heated air to wipe moisture from surfaces allowing LGR low grain refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers to capture the water vapor.

Odor Control is Vital
Even a little water odor is off-putting for customers and employees. This is a sign that an excess of moisture remains in the property. Situations often lead to issues with mold. SERVPRO technicians scope the property with advanced moisture-detection equipment before, during, and after to ensure the property is dry and odor-free. They also have numerous applications to eradicate odors at the molecular level if needed.

SERVPRO of Lafayette at (337) 269-6332 assists local properties with commercial water damage. Our professionals are ready 24/7 to restore and repair water loss and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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We Act Fast To Prevent More Problems In Lafayette After A Water Damage Disaster

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Dealing with Stubborn Issues during Water Removal in Your Lafayette Home

Water spills easily from burst pipes, failed appliances, or other incidences. However, the removal process is rarely easy, requiring skills, equipment, and others to accomplish the desired goal. Some situations such as leaks in concealed spaces such as wall cavities or subfloors are harder than usual to address. We offer professional water removal that helps homeowners in Lafayette have peace of mind after such incidents.

Reaching Water inside the Walls

Walls can present a significant challenge to the water removal process in Lafayette homes. Water can find a way into wall cavities in many ways. If a supply pipe in the cavity leaks, the spill is likely to remain confined in the walls. Even water spilled in other areas of the house can filter into the walls, primarily through small openings. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate the situation to determine the best course of action. We can remove the baseboards and punch small holes in wallboards to release water. Such actions work best for un-insulated walls.

Removing Water from Wet Building Materials

Sometimes removing water damage from wall cavities requires a bit of demolition. If the water affects fibrous insulation within the walls, it is essential to remove the wet insulation when extracting the water to ensure no excess moisture remains in the wall space. Our SERVPRO technicians prop open undamaged panels for better access for the wall interiors. We then remove the wet insulation, extract water, and reinstall the panels after drying the area thoroughly.

Removing Water from Subfloors

Water that wicks into floor materials and subfloors can be challenging to deal with. Layers of plywood or OSB subfloors absorb water, which can lead to problems such as swelling. Removing any floor coverings helps ease the process of water removal by eliminating any barriers. However, it might still take many weeks to dry the material properly. Our SERVPRO technicians use LGR dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers to quicken the process.

Water removal helps prevent other severe problems that might occur when there is a spill in your Abbeville, Crowley, or Saint Martinville property. Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (337) 269-6332 to assist. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Challenges to Restoring Water Damaged Municipal Buildings in Abbeyville

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Your community depends upon the municipal buildings being open. SERVPRO of Lafayette has the experience to quickly restore Lafayette's buildings.

Standing Water Threats to Your Abbeville Municipal Building 

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and that is something that we can show Abbeville municipal properties, businesses, and residences every day. We maintain a 24/7 emergency line to handle all pressing situations as they happen, prepared to spring into action at a moment’s notice when the circumstances demand it. As the management for city property, any emergencies that occur require your fast response and reaction to get addressed appropriately. In many cases, water loss incidents can be among the most damaging of these potential threats. Water can spread quickly throughout the building and affect multiple offices and waiting areas. 

As much as water removal for Abbeville properties might seem straightforward and simple, there are many considerations in choosing the ideal extraction approach. For the sake of getting the building back to full capacity as promptly as possible, many entrust these properties to the fast and experienced response of our SERVPRO team. With a growing inventory of premier recovery equipment, we can address both standing water and the drying to follow while maintaining as minimal of a presence as possible. 

Effective water extraction, when performed immediately upon the arrival of qualified professionals, can protect the installed materials and contents of your damaged areas. While some areas of the building feature low pile carpeting that can get dried and restored quickly with the combined use of our air movers and dehumidifiers, other materials like marble require more intricate approaches. Many assume that because of its finish that marble does not absorb water, but it has a higher porosity than most natural stone used in building construction. 

While it can take some time to prove overly damaging and detrimental to this flooring material, allowing even mild saturation to persist can alter the composition of the marble. In most cases, this can result in cosmetic concerns like discolorations and etching. Our SERVPRO team can utilize our specialized tools like drying mats to slowly draw out the moisture from this material to reduce the possibility of unappealing aesthetic changes or marring. 

Water removal from marble flooring and carpeting in office areas presents a unique challenge for our SERVPRO of Lafayette team when we first arrive. No matter how severe the circumstances, however, you can count on our professionals to help, however, you need it. Give us call today at (337) 269-6332.

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Abbeville House Storm Damaged? Rely on the Professionals from SERVPRO

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

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Remediating Flood Damage In Abbeville Homes

Quick access to Highway 90 and I-10 makes Abbeville a good location for transportation and other businesses. However, the Vermilion River running through the middle of town also causes homeowners to suffer through several floods over the years.

To mediate the effects of flood damage in Abbeville homes, SERVPRO restoration technicians work quickly to remove floodwater, debris and then dry the home that returns it to its original condition whenever possible. As an example, a previous flood in a four-bedroom required each technician to use a variety of devices from our equipment inventory, as well as several cleaning agents needed specifically for the contaminated or ‘black’ water present in every flooded home.

Before pulling anything else off the service truck, team members pull on protective gear to spray a strong, anti-microbial agent. They started at every entry point into the home, covering the surface of the standing water and every item that may have been covered by the flooding before it began to recede.

With the health risk mediated, other SERVPRO technicians bring in pumps and other water extraction devices as needed. The pumps are excellent for deeper flooding at least ankle-high. Here, however, the smaller extractors were sufficient. Besides drawing off the water, they also worked well to pull water from the carpet throughout the home and helped protect the wood floor in the living room from cracking or splitting. Since this was ‘black’ water, the team disposed of all carpeting immediately after removing the water.

Next, the team set up a series of exhaust fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers to dry the structure while also cleaning affected furniture and structural property. For items like upholstered fabric, they used a milder cleaner to avoid staining the item or cause the color to run. In the bathroom and kitchen, technicians used a much stronger cleaner, including a sterilant on metal and tile. Flood cuts in the walls to remove ruined sheetrock may be in order. The length of the restoration varies from days to weeks, depending on the circumstances.

For SERVPRO of Lafayette, the result is always to return every home to its pre-flood condition. If your residence has damage from a recent storm, call our office at (337) 269-6332 today to restore your home here or in the communities of Crowley, Saint Martinville, and Ville Platte. We are here to put everything back together after any disaster.

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Our Multifaceted Approach To Restoring Your Abbeville Home After A Flood

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

In case of flood damage from a storm, call SERVPRO of Lafayette to help.

The Multifaceted Approach Necessary To Restore Flood Damage In Your Abbeville Home

Hurricanes and tropical storms can cause significant damage to your home within minutes because of the rain, strong winds, and other aspects involved. Even in a tropical storm like Barry, which hit with a lower intensity than expected, the amount of rainwater dumped ranged between 6-20 inches in different places, leaving some homes submerged in groundwater. Restoring such flood damage requires an all-round approach to ensure your Abbeville home regains its preloss state.

With a torrential downpour comes the quick accumulation of water, which contributes to a significant percentage of flood damage if your Abbeville home is breached. Such groundwater is full of contaminants, which adds to the challenge of restoring your home. Fast extraction can help save semi-porous and non-porous materials. Extraction is only possible if the water outside the structure recedes. If not, our SERVPRO technicians can help in other ways such as moving contents to a dry area within your home, or an offsite facility.

Apart from ruining materials through contamination and moisture action, the storm water also presents other risks. Electrical hazards are the most probable since the water is likely to reach electrical outlets or cause malfunctions in electronic appliances. Power outages are also frequent after storms, yet most of the tools necessary for the restoration process require power. Our SERVPRO crews deal with these problems efficiently through preparedness. We have various safety equipment including rubber boots and electrical circuit testers allowing us to wade into the water safely. We also have portable generators, which can supply the necessary power to run different tools used in restoration in case of an outage.

The strong winds in the storm present a separate set of problems. Unlike the groundwater that only affects the lower levels of the house, winds can damage any section - whether it is leaving a torn roof, shattered window or otherwise. These problems lead to water intrusion or shattering of items. Our SERVPRO team helps tackle all these issues. We board up or install roof tarps on the structure preventing further intrusion. We also help remove large debris such as fallen tree branches from the structure.

In case of flood damage from a storm, call SERVPRO of Lafayette to help. You can reach us any time at (337) 269-6332. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Have The Proper Equipment To Restore Your Lafayette Home After A Fire Disaster

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

Don't panic after a fire has damaged your home our crew is available 24/7, call us right away and we will begin restoration.

Applications for Mechanical Cleaning Equipment after Fire Damage in Lafayette

Home environments are dry with many combustible materials inside. A faulty electrical appliance, or blocked up oven hood can act as an ignition switch for a house fire resulting in moderate to severe smoke damages throughout the property. First responder units can contain, or confine, flames using water or foam because fires require fuel sources. Smoke, on the other hand, can spread throughout a property moving into clean air pockets and depositing residues onto surfaces. When smoke cools, soots can drop onto floors or furnishing, but the vast majority of smoke deposits are concentrated on ceilings and walls. 

Restoration services for fire damage in your Lafayette home need to be qualified smoke restoration technicians to remove residues properly. There is a risk of spreading soiling around or worse pushing smoke particles into materials which can cause staining and persistent odor problems. SERVPRO technicians tackle this issue by using mechanical cleaning methods. 

Mechanical cleaning methods use equipment to agitate surfaces to remove smoke particles rapidly. Air whips can be used inside cavities to dislodge soot deposits alongside soda or sandblasting equipment to clear smoke particles without risking permanent damage. After mechanical equipment is used, negative air pressure can be applied to draw smoke particles from the surface safely. 

As a homeowner it is understandable to want to help with the fire damage remediation process. SERVPRO technicians can you advise you on the best method of assisting with the cleanup operation. When smoke cools, it drops small amounts of ash onto table surfaces which can be wiped off using wet cloths and sanitizer without causing damage. Most fabrics, however, should be left to the professional restorer, as these absorbent materials require a tailored approach for the best chances of restoring them to preloss condition. 

Soots and smoke residues can become permanent issues without the proper equipment to restore them. Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette at (337) 269-6332 today.

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A Thousand Reasons Why SERVPRO Restoration of Damaged Homes In Lafayette Is the Answer!

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

For Fast Emergency and Urgent Restoration after Water, Fire, Storm, or Mold Incidents--for Lafayette--Call SERVPRO

Why Lafayette Residents Rely on SERVPRO for Restoration Services

Lafayette residents deal with unexpected issues in their homes from Mother Nature such as flash floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Other types of water damage that require the assistance of a restoration services firm happen from broken pipes or sudden appliance failures. Fire damage is both devastating and overwhelming to deal with, and it is a smart move to outsource the cleanup and mitigation for all of these scenarios to avoid secondary issues such as mold or foul odors.

SERVPRO has extensive experience handling water damage in Lafayette homes. Whether it is a small, localized water spill from a supply line break behind a washing machine or pipe burst or hot water tank failure spilling a large amount throughout the house, the number one issue affecting the outcome of a water loss is how quickly the water cleanup begins.

Our certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians have both the training and the specialized equipment to make water removal go fast and efficiently. The more moisture that we removed during the water extraction phase of restoration services equals less drying time.
We commonly use:
?    Moisture detectors, hygrometers, and probes to measure the extent of the saturation by excessive moisture.
?    Thermal imaging cameras used to find water that has migrated under floors, behind walls, or within ceilings.
?    Submersible and portable pumps allow techs to move freely while extracting water quickly
?    Truck-mounted extraction units remove thousands of gallons of water

When SERVPRO answers a call from a Lafayette homeowner dealing with fire damage, we respond quickly with compassion. We know it is a stressful situation and our goal is to limit the loss and use our knowledge gained through The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to restore as much as possible to save the homeowner the cost of replacing items.

Fire debris cleanup consists of multiple levels of mitigation, including the removal of charred building materials and home contents that have no restoration potential. SERVPRO technicians have trained in the controlled demolition of damaged structures so after the completion of the fire cleanup; we leave the house ready for reconstruction.

Members of our team complete training to earn certifications. Our Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration (FRST) and Odor Control Technicians (OCT) have the knowledge and training to give homeowners the best chance for saving smoke damaged items with our proprietary cleaning methods and techniques such as dry cleaning sponges for lifting soot off surfaces and wet sponges for wiping away smoke residues.

Odor control is a multi-faceted application. From the time our technicians enter a residence to perform fire damage cleanup, we concentrate on limiting the spread of soot to other areas of the home — containment using heavy plastic sheeting to stop the spread of airborne particles throughout the house is frequently used.

We sometimes set up negative air chambers when necessary as they work to capture and remove odor-causing soot particles. Air scrubbers are another powerful piece of equipment in SERVPRO's odor-fighting arsenal. These machines have a complex filtration system within and have HEPA filters to remove soot particles smaller than the human eye can see. For stubborn odors, we utilize the power of hydroxyl generators or thermal fogging to neutralize odors at the molecular level.

Mold damage in Lafayette homes is often a secondary issue to another problem. Mold spores are always present within and outside of homes. The key to whether or not those spores germinate and grow within a home depends on how much humidity is in the space, if it is over 70-degrees Fahrenheit and if a food source such as wood or paper is present.

In many cases, homeowners notice a musty odor that no amount of wiping down the area or using air fresheners eliminates. Upon further investigation, they find the tell-tale signs of infestation. When mold has ideal conditions for growth, it can spread rapidly around a home. It is crucial to begin mold remediation efforts as soon as the discovery of colonies.

As certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, our SERVPRO team knows how to handle mold abatement within your home safely. Containment is critical, and much like stopping the spread of airborne soot particles, we use similar set-ups to ensure the spores stay within the area and do not spread any further.

Drying the environment and lowering the humidity in the area under 45% kills the mold. Our abatement techniques include careful manual cleaning, and for stubborn overgrowths, soda blasting is a toxin-free way to remove them cleanly.

Hand cleaning and disinfection with our anti-microbial solutions are often enough to eliminate residual odors; however, when it is not, we use much of the same equipment that we apply to smoke odor removal. After the completion of mold remediation, our technicians give the homeowner an overview of the conditions that caused the mold growth and necessary repairs needed such as a leak within a wall or poor ventilation in an attic.

Storm damage in Lafayette homes is a fact of life. Our community has been in the path of some of the most devastating hurricanes to hit the United States. We also experience intense storms, and along with flash floods, wind and rain bring damage to property.

When a home requires flood water cleanup, until testing of the water occurs, we advise homeowners to steer clear and avoid coming into contact with any saturated items or wet areas in the home due to the risk of contaminants in the water and slip and fall accidents in the house. We test the water to determine our best course of action for cleaning and disinfection of the property to return it to sanitary conditions.

Because our SERVPRO facility is local, we arrive quickly to perform flood water cleanup and dry the property. If water migrated into building materials, we have the expertise to remove damaged building materials to get the residence prepared for reconstruction when a significant amount of flood damage occurs.

Why SERVPRO? We know when Lafayette homeowners need restoration services, is often one of the most stressful times of their lives. We communicate with both the insurance adjuster and property owner for every phase of water damage, fire mitigation or mold remediation along with detailed reports with before and after photographs to ensure the claims filing process goes smoothly and takes some of the strain off the homeowner.

SERVPRO of Lafayette (337) 269-6332 has emergency response teams ready 24/7 to perform restoration service needs for local property owners. We handle damage from fire, water, mold, or storm using our advanced equipment and experienced technicians, and we can make the loss to your property, "Like it never even happened."
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Water Damage Remediation Tips for Your Lafayette Home

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Lafayette – Sump Pump Failure

Water damage in Lafayette unfortunately is a common occurrence. With high water tables in many areas many homeowners will use sump pumps in their basements to avoid flooding. Whether it is a power failure or your sump pump fails to operate, water rises quickly causing damage to flooring, furniture and belongings. 

Standing water in basements presents safety challenges from electrical short circuits to mold formation on walls and flooring. Our SERVPRO water damage specialists in Lafayette will assess the situation and implement corrective action. Depending on the amount of standing water, we will use powerful pumps to remove the majority of the water. Once the sump pump is back in operation, we can shift focus to drying and dehumidification of the contents of your basement. 

Our SERVPRO technicians are trained having followed IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) courses to ensure we apply a scientific approach to remove all water and moisture from your home and belongings. Drying and dehumidification equipment is used to remove all moisture from your home. We will assess your situation taking into account the room measurements, current temperature and relative humidity. With the appropriate amount of equipment as well as moisture monitoring sensors we can avoid further damage to floors, walls and furniture. 

Restoration of your homes contents is also completed. Whether it is dry cleaning, wet cleaning or even immersion cleaning, we do it all. Our team will also do their best to preserve precious items and keepsakes that cannot be replaced. We also work closely with your insurance company to provide the appropriate information to support insurance claims for repair and restoration of your home. 

Restoration of your home may involve replacement of existing damaged areas of your home. For example, we will remove existing water damaged drywall and replace it. Carpet repair or replacement, hardwood floor repair or replacement are just a few of the restoration services we at SERVPRO provide. 

We are strategically located to respond quickly to your water damaging event. Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (337) 269-6332 for 24/7 service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Lafayette Area Surprise Kitchen Fire? Just Call SERVPRO for Restoration Services

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Soot Odors and Fire Loss? Call SERVPRO for Rapid Service in Lafayette

SERVPRO Cleans Up Dishwasher Fire Damage in Lafayette Home

You know a dishwasher can deliver gallons of water if the appliance fails, but fire damage? According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, dishwashers are the cause of around 500 home fires per year. Most often caused when fluid drips on an electrical component on the interior when it is running.

SERVPRO arrived on-site to a Lafayette home with fire damage in the kitchen. We immediately discarded the nonrestorable items such as the charred dishwasher, interior cabinet walls next to it and cabinet doors above as they bring nothing but odors.

We extracted the water which pooled in areas on the kitchen floor from both the firefighting efforts and the dishwasher itself. Using our moisture detection equipment, we found water migrated under the other appliances in the kitchen and behind the baseboards which we removed to let addition air flow in for faster drying.

Our technicians did several passes with our portable pumps to remove the maximum amount of moisture; this hastens the drying phase so we can clean the affected surfaces with our proprietary methods and SERVPRO solutions to get the room prepared for rebuilding.

After drying the kitchen and cleaning the visible residue from the surfaces, a strong odor remained. There is no way to cover that scent up, and because it is caused by soot which can be so tiny the human eye cannot detect even when they are airborne, there is potential to spread the odor throughout the home unless professionally neutralized.

Our technicians hold many certifications in the restoration sciences, and a frequently used one is in Odor Control. In the case of fire loss, often one of the first pieces of equipment we deploy is an air scrubber. This powerful machine captures airborne particulates and removes them through its HEPA filtration. Use of the air scrubber significantly lowered odors, but to rebuild; they require neutralization. We used the Hydroxyl generator to eradicate the remaining odors with the same UV rays that work like laundry hung in the sun, leaving it fresh and clean. Once we completed our mitigation of the fire loss, we gave the homeowner a list of the necessary repairs to fully restore the kitchen.

Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette at (337) 269-6332, our technicians are available 24/7 to clean up and restore any fire damage to your home or contents. We proudly serve our local community, and We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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