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Signs that I need a Power-Flush

Signs that I need a Power-Flush

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Did you know that taking care of your central heating system can save you time and money in the long run?

Over time sludge and debris can build in our heating system causing pipes and radiators to corrode. Consequently, radiators and pipes can become blocked which can then slow down the process of heat reaching significant parts of the heating system. In most cases when sludge and debris occurs, our heating system does not function properly and can cause significant damage to the pipes, valves, pumps, and even heat exchanges. In fact, in some cases a whole new boiler is needed, which can cost the home-owner thousands of pounds, leaving a great big whole in their bank balance.  However, there is a simple remedy that could save you from this, and that is the procedure of a POWER-FLUSH!

A lot of people don’t quite understand what a power-flush is and how important it is to regularly have one done to prevent these problems from occurring. A power flush is a simple cleansing procedure to your central heating system. It is a process that can effectively eliminate sludge and corrode that builds up and cause so many problems.

There are however some tell-tale signs to look out for before you go ahead with a power-flush procedure. This can be carried-out yourself or you can get a professional in to diagnose this for you.

  • Do you have cold spots when your radiators are on?

  • Is there excessive noise coming from your boiler or heating system pump?

  • If you bleed your radiators, is there brown discoloured water flowing out?

  • Are your radiators taking forever to heat, or even come on at all?

  • Are your pipes very hot and your radiators are hardly heating up?

  • Is your boiler constantly breaking down?

If your central heating system is causing you problems and you have at least in part some of the above tell-tale signs, then It may be worth-while giving us a call, we are experienced in carrying out power-flushes and are efficient in diagnosing when a power-flush may be the ultimate cause to your central heating problems.

Despite it making a lot of sense in having your central heating systems regularly checked to prevent such occurrences, we all know that sometimes we haven’t the time nor the money to always achieve this, but the benefits of having this done can also outweigh the costs if you were to leave it.

So please don’t delay, ASAP Plumbers are here to help keep your central heating system healthy, so that it can work to its full potential.

 

What does your boiler say about you?

What does your boiler say about you?

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What does your boiler say about you?

Hello blog readers, I want to first educate you with a couple of different types of boilers that we have installed here at ASAP Plumbers, combined with a little bit of FUN using a psychological perspective of what each of these boilers may say about your personality.

SO HERE GOES! 

The Worcester Bosch Group have a range of boilers to choose from. However, doing a complete data analysis of all the boilers we have installed over the past year, I can reveal that there are two popular designs from this range that customers have been very satisfied with.

Greenstar i

The first is the combi boiler. The Greenstar i is the most popular of this brand.  The Worcester Bosch Group’s impression of this brand suggest that the Greenstar i is an award-winning boiler that has been fitted in over a million homes. It has achieved an A+ ErP package efficiency rating. It is reliable and simple to understand. It has energy efficient benefits and performs to a very high level. It is fast and instantaneous in delivery hot water, which is always constantly available. It doesn’t rely on any other systems, like a separate hot water cylinder to operate. It’s small, neat and sleek in its appearance, and in retrospect you can save a lot of space if you purchase or own this kind of boiler.

What does this boiler say about me? 

A person who chooses this brand or has one of these installed already, may have a personality that is articulate in nature. They like to always think carefully and wisely about the choices they make in their life and their home. Like the Greenstar i they always want to achieve to a high standard. They are passionate about not hurting the feelings of others and they are environmentally friendly and enthusiastic about the world they live in.  They are self-sufficient and are always very target driven with the need to be firm to get things executed.

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Feeling cosy and warm this winter!

Feeling cosy and warm this winter!

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Feeling cosy and warm this winter!

Winter is finally on our doorsteps. Yes, blog readers, the long dreary cold months are ahead of us, but don’t fear, at ASAP Plumbers we have some top tips to reduce those high-energy bills that are uniquely associated with many of us hitting the temperature switch up to its maximum, to feel cosy and warm in the winter.

See our Top 10 Tips to keep your home feeling cosy and warm. You never know, it may even save you some money too.

1. Keep those windows covered.
The AA reported that at least 40% of heat escapes through our windows and through the bottom of our doors. The most sensible thing to do is to cover up our windows with lined heavy curtains to keep the heat locked in. But if we think more logically, what about those naughty draughts. Have you noticed that despite having already heavy curtains against your windows, that when you put your heating on full blast your home is simply not heating up? Well if this sounds like your home then you may need to invest in some draught excluders, which can be cheaply picked up from your local DIY store. Investing in heavy curtains and keeping them closed mainly at night, as well as installing draught excluders could save you lots of money on trying to constantly heat up your home.

2. Turn that Thermostat down.
Research from directgov.com have suggested that despite turning our thermostat up full blast, it won’t heat up our home any quicker. In hindsight, all this does is costs us more money. On average, it costs us hundreds of pounds more during the winter months. ASAP Plumbers advice is to keep your thermostat between 18-21C.

3. Close unused doors behind you.
When doors are left open it is harder to heat our homes, especially when rooms are being unused. Shut each door behind you when they’re not in use, to heat the room quickly. Heat tends to stay trapped when it cannot escape.

4. Insulate those hot water tanks/cylinders and pipes for extra protection.
For those that have hot water tanks in their home it’s very important to insulate them because heat can escape. This means that the hot water tank, must therefore work harder to re-heat the water that is already stored. An installation jacket can prevent this, as it keeps your water hotter for longer periods of time, which could potentially save you a fortune on your energy bills because it requires less re-heating. Installation jackets are sold in most DIY stores. However, if you don’t have the time or don’t understand how to fit one of these, then ASAP Plumbers can certainly help. We are professional and experienced in fitting and installing jackets for hot-water tanks/cylinders. So, if you want that hassle taken away from you, or you are simply not sure how to install this, then you know who to call.

Another tip here is the installation of your pipe-work. This is called pipe lagging. Pipe lagging helps reduce heat loss from your hot water tank to your taps. It’s a simple installation that slips over your pipes for extra heat protection. Again, this installation can be bought, but like the above, if it’s too complicated or too much hassle, then ASAP Plumbers can fit this for you.

5. Get your central heating and boiler serviced regularly.
Don’t wait until your boiler or heating breaks down, which generally tends to happen when winter sets in. Regularly have this serviced. This will keep your boiler and heating system in top tip condition. Here at ASAP Plumbers we have been servicing and repairing boilers, as well as central heating systems for over ten years. If you do decide to have your boiler serviced or you need someone to assess your boiler, then we are accredited and professionals in our field, so please give ASAP Plumbers a call.

6. Gain heat back from your radiators.
An expensive option is that you invest in radiator panels to prevent the heat escaping through the walls. However, a less expensive solution is that you can insert ordinary tin foil at the back of your radiators, which simply does the same thing, but costing you less in the process.

7. Upgrading your boiler.
The Worcester Bosch Group have recommended that if your boiler is more than ten years old then you may need to replace it with a new energy efficient boiler. There are many boilers that you can choose from. Why not give ASAP Plumbers a call to discuss this? Did you know that our boiler quotations are free, so there is no obligation to go ahead with a replacement if you don’t want to? The benefits of having a newer, more efficient boiler could also save you money, because you are using less energy that in retrospect uses the same amount of heat. Furthermore, if you think about it, a newer boiler may mean less issues over the winter periods.

8. Use your programmer.
On cold, chilly and dreary days in the winter periods, we are often too quick to keep our heating on all day. All central heating systems should have a programmer. Realistically, we should set our programmers so that our heating comes on certain times of the day (morning and evening). Research from Which.co.uk have suggested that using our programmers can save us energy, compared to those that don’t use them.

9. Keep your feet warm and wrap up.
This is an old wives’ tale, but it does work. Wear slippers or the sock type slippers around the house. Unless you have underfloor heating, which many of us don’t, then I would recommend wearing thick socks to keep you nice and snug in the winter periods. Also, wear an extra layer of clothing or dressing gown to keep those heating costs down.

10. Floor coverings.
Put down floor coverings, such as rugs to prevent cold air from coming through the floor, especially if you have hard-wood flooring.

That’s it folks, this is ASAP Plumbers advice to you. We hope that we have given you room for thought to keep your home nice and cosy this winter. If you need our help with any boiler and central heating issues this winter, we are only a call away, so please get in touch.

Replacing Your Boiler in the Summer? 

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At first, it might sound strange to go near your boiler or central heating system in the summer (unless you’re having an unfortunate rainy one) but, when you think about it summer really is the best time to make any upgrades to your boiler. If you’re looking for boiler replacement services in North London, then summer is definitely the best time to get the job done.

After all, you likely won’t be using it much – if at all – so your boiler won’t be missed while a new   unit is being installed. While a boiler replacement in Islington can often be done quite quickly nowadays, ask yourself – do you really want to be without your boiler in the winter or autumn, for even a few days?

Probably not, so why wait? ASAP Plumbers amazing boiler installation services in North London mean you can ensure you’re ready and prepared for the always-unpredictable and chilly great British winters. You won’t want to run the risk of your boiler failing during the winter and having a new unit installed during the summer will guarantee a warm and relaxing home when you need it.

Despite it making a lot of sense to get any boiler or central heating work done in the summer, you’ll find that it’s often cheaper to get work like this done during the warmer months as well. So you’ll often find yourself getting a better deal – it really is a win-win opportunity.

Why not take a look at our boiler services for North London, so you can be sure to avoid any heating disruption when you need it most? No one wants to be making a call for a central heating repair in London on the chilliest days in winter.

And that’s not all – there’s even more good news because if you’re looking for a boiler replacement in North London, you could be eligible for the London boiler cashback scheme. This official government-run scheme means that if you’re a London homeowner or an accredited private landlord then you could receive up to £400 towards the cost of upgrading your old boiler to a newer, more energy-efficient model. The scheme launched in February 2016 and is on a first-come, first-served basis, so you’ll need to act fast if you want to take advantage of it.

With the potential for huge savings and for the peace of mind in knowing you’ll have a stress-free and warm home during the winter. The summer really is the best time to get your boiler serviced or replaced. Don’t wait for your central heating system to fail, get your boiler checked out today by ASAP Plumbers.

When Is the Right Time to Replace a Toilet?

When Is the Right Time to Replace a Toilet?

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Your toilet is cracked or leaking

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A cracked or leaking toilet can lead to continuous and expensive repairs. Not only can a toilet leak lead to major damage to the flooring but can also overtime cause mould growth on your bathroom walls and skirting boards which eventually will need redecorating. We sometimes take no notice to small leaks that at present are not causing a major issue, however even the slightest leak will eventually lead to a massive water bill. Cracked toilets if not replaced can eventually cause a blow-out which causes extensive damage to the surrounding area and an extremely hefty bill. When you notice first signs of a cracked/leaking toilet you should consider an upgrade.

 

Your toilet requires extensive repairs

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If you are faced with multiple issues with different components in and around your toilet, it would be the best option to look into obtaining a whole new toilet as this will definitely help you financially, especially of your current toilet is rather old. Shop around to gain some quotes and compare with the costs that you would be out on replacing parts etc, to see which one works out best.

 

You are remodeling your bathroom

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If you are considering a remodel of your bathroom it may be the best time to also update your toilet, as the remodelling process normally involves taking up the flooring and sometimes installing new pipework which means also taking out the current toilet in order to lay down a new supply. Remodeling can also involve sink/basin/bath upgrades so you would not want the new fittings to outshine the old toilet.

 

PLUMBING SERVICES IN LONDON WITH ASAP PLUMBERS LTD

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Do you need boiler installation and boiler repair in London? Click here to find out more.

Do you need central heating installation?

At ASAP Plumbers we provide boiler installation in London, boiler service and boiler repair. For central heating service we provide air source heat pump, and power flushing. To find out more about boiler installation, central heating, click here or solar installation, click here.

 

Do you need bathroom design?

At ASAP Plumbers, our bathroom designers can assist you. We can also provide bathroom design ideas in London and around UK. Click here to find out more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plumbing myths and facts

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Plumbing myths and facts

 

We know that from time to time we hear all sorts of myths hanging around in regards to plumbing, this is why we have listed the myths and facts below.

 

You can do it myself and save money

Speaking from experience, we can guarantee that when plumbing problems occur each individual may try to take the task on their selves and the majority of the times it ends up leading to a more complicated issue and increases the cost.

Unless faced with a small issue it is always the best option to call the plumber in.

How to save money when remodelling your bathroom

How to save money when remodelling your bathroom

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How to save money when remodelling your bathroom

 

Set a lower budget

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First things first you should have a set budget a little lower than what you are able to spend, this way you can set the limit in your mind but be able to splash out a little more if things do tend to get a little more pricey. If you set your mind on the actual budget limit chances are you will most likely go over this amount.

Do not opt for the cheapest items/materials

Although it may seem as though the cheapest of the pack is the best option in order to save money, this normally comes back to bite you in the bum. Cheaper materials do not last very long and will only lead to you having to splash out on new ones in the near future. It is always best to get the best quality to save you from having to constantly repeat over & over. Good quality materials may cost you a lot more now but are guaranteed to last much longer and save you tons in the long run.

Shop around

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Do not be so quick to rush in and make decisions on a last minute note. Start you’re planning weeks even months before hand, try different websites, retailers etc to not only find the best bargain but to also be 100 percent sure on what theme/finishing look you really want. We have all found ourselves in that situation where we start thinking “this one looks so much better I wish I had waited a little longer”. Always be patient, put thought in and be sure that it is exactly what you want, after all such a big project isn’t so easy to change and if done can lead to you losing out on some serious bucks/energy and time.

 

Stick to vinyl/Tiled flooring

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When faced with the flooring options it is always best to stick with Vinyl or tiles as they are waterproof, stylish and easy to maintain. Investing in other types of flooring such as wooden, laminating etc, tend to lead to mould growth under flooring after year/months of water spillage which faces you with yet another hefty bill of having to get it taking up and changed. When choosing flooring in a room with dampness stick to the safe option, bonus point is that both the above are also cheaper than the others to purchase, so a result now and in the future.

 

Keep the layout as it was

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Although you may want an extreme revamp in your bathroom we recommend keeping the layout the same as when changing the position of sink, toilet etc, you are faced with more costs in order to get pipework/drains changed to another location and also having to cover the previous spots up.

 

DIY

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Not all work requires a professional, you can do little jobs such as painting the walls, hanging mirrors, fitting rails and assembling cabinets by yourself this can save you quite a lot of money. Also Mirrors and neutral colours are known to produce a look of more space and light in a room, so instead of spending a huge amount on an extra window or extension have a look online at some of the neutral mirrored looks, guaranteed to make a massive difference.

 

Sell your old fixtures

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Set up an Ebay or Gumtree account and place your old items such as railings/mirrors/racks on there to make some cash instead of throwing them away.                                                                                                                                                             You will be surprised with how many people may want what you no longer need.

PLUMBING SERVICES WITH ASAP PLUMBERS LTD

Are you looking for plumbers in London, an emergency plumber in London, gas safe engineer?

Do you need boiler servicing and boiler repair in London? Click here to find out more.

Do you need solar panel installation or central heating installation?

At ASAP Plumbers we have solar panel installers with strong experience with regards to solar panel installation, RHI grants and solar panel grants. For central heating service we provide air source heat pump, and power flushing. To find out more about central heating, click here or solar installation, click here.

 

Do you need bathroom design?

At ASAP Plumbers, our bathroom designers can assist you. We can also provide bathroom design ideas in London and around UK. Click here to find out more.

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How to prevent and detect leaks in your household

How to prevent and detect leaks in your household

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How to prevent and detect leaks in your household

 

Gas leaks

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Over 250 people a year are admitted to hospital with Carbon Monoxide related poisoning and over 40 deaths are recorded each year. Carbon Monoxide can not only cause poisoning but also fires and in some cases even explosions. Gas leaks are a matter that every household should take very seriously. As Carbon Monoxide is colourless and also odourless it can be extremely hard to detect signs of a leak. It is upmost important that every household invests in a Carbon Monoxide alarm which will alert as soon as the presence is detected.

Below are a few signs that you must be sure to look out for.

Signs of a gas leak

  • A damaged connection to a gas appliance
  • Unusual sounds coming from a gas appliance such as whistling or an airy sound.
  • Moistness over or near a pipeline area
  • Although it is very rare to smell a gas leak, if odour does occur it will have a rotten gone off smell. (Do not rely on this as the majority of times there is no odour.)
  • A bubbly substance around or near gas appliances or pipework
  • Your pilot light on the boiler regularly goes out
  • Flames on gas appliances such as hobs, cookers are an orangey colour instead of the normal colour of blue.
  • There is an unusual/excessive amount of condensations your windows If you notice any of the above signs is it extremely important that you do the following.

 If you notice any of the above signs is it extremely important that you do the following.

  • Turn of the gas supply from the meter (Turn handle 90 degrees from the gas line.)
  • Open all of the windows & doors in the house
  • Do not smoke or use any flammable items
  • Exit the property and call the emergency National Grid services on 0800 111 999 or 999 emergency if a fire has started.

Be to prevent any of the above

  • Have the majority of gas pipes run outside of the property (if possible)
  • Have a Carbon Monoxide alarm fitted (This will alert you at the first sense of gas.)
  • Be sure that any gas installations are fitted by professional Corgi approved engineers
  • Have an Automatic Gas shut off valve fitted in your property
  • Test pipes at least twice a week for any leaks or bubbly substances or unusual sounds.
  • Make sure that all of your gas appliances are in good working order and are maintained to a high standard. (Serviced & gas safety certified once a year.)

Water leaks

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Although not as serious as gas leaks, water leaks can still cause major problems within your household. Water leaks are an expensive and precious resource that can lead to costly repairs and even flooding within your household.

Signs of a water leak

  • Leaking pipes are the most obvious sign
  • If your water supply is metered you can take meter readings
  • Check your water meter leak indicator (if moving there is a leak)
  • There is damp or soggy patches on the carpet of on the flooring.

How to prevent water leaks

  • Carry out a basic monthly test (Check for any spraying, rust, dampness etc.)
  • Have the plumber install a drip pan. (Helps to notice signs at an early stage)
  • Inspect washing machine/dishwasher hoses once a month to check for any visible wear & tear. (Replace hoses every 5-7 months to prevent issues arising.)
  • Reduce water pressure (high pressure leads to stressing on the pipework and makes appliance over work.)
  • If your water pressure is to high have an engineer install a water pressure regulator.

PLUMBING SERVICES WITH ASAP PLUMBERS LTD

Are you looking for plumbers in London, an emergency plumber in London, gas safe engineer?

Do you need boiler servicing and boiler repair in London? Click here to find out more.

Do you need solar panel installation or central heating installation?

At ASAP Plumbers we have solar panel installers with strong experience with regards to solar panel installation, RHI grants and solar panel grants. For central heating service we provide air source heat pump, and power flushing. To find out more about central heating, click here or solar installation, click here.

 

Do you need bathroom design?

At ASAP Plumbers, our bathroom designers can assist you. We can also provide bathroom design ideas in London and around UK. Click here to find out more.

 

 

 

How to prevent your sink from getting clogged

How to prevent your sink from getting clogged

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It’s very easy to forget to do small household maintenance chores like keeping your drains and pipes clean, but they are important. Knowing how to protect your home from small plumbing issues such as clogged sinks, backups, and overflowing toilets is the most pleasant way to handle the situation. If you do wind up with blockages and problems, having the skills to fix them will likely save you a ton of cash. Below we have listed the best options to keep your household blockages at bay.

Keep the right equipment in your cupboards
Be sure to always keep a plunger and a small snaking device, sink unblocking liquids such as Mr Muscle drain cleaner, Duck 3 in 1 lime scale cleaner, in order to prevent blockages. If you are unsure on how to use the equipment have a look online for some detailed instructions. Your drains will naturally accumulate a build-up inside of them. Soap, toothpaste, and all sorts of other debris get trapped inside with lots of germs and bacteria. This build-up not only becomes a blockage risk, but it can also get very smelly. Use a drain cleaning product such as the ones mentioned above, about once a month to break up these build-ups. Be sure you follow the directions on the packaging carefully.

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Don’t shave over the bathroom sink
The sink may seem like a the most convenient place to let all of those little hairs fall into when you shave or trim your hair, however as tempting as it may be this is one of the most common things responsible for a clogged sink in the bathroom caused the accumulation of lots of hair in the drain. As those small hairs tend to attach themselves to the grime that naturally builds up within your pipes and soon becomes a massive sticky hairball which eventually leads to a nasty blockage and an extremely off putting smell. To prevent this from happening the best option would be to shave/trim over a towel or cloth that you can shake off and wash later. Although it may involve a bit more effort to get your morning shave done it will be sure to put a stop to all of those annoying blockages.

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Scrape dishes correctly
Kitchen sinks are commonly clogged by food residue that is left behind after meals. Even if the food particles fit down the drain, it is not recommended that you flush them down. Correctly scrape plates off into the garbage can or disposal unit before placing in the sink. Simply being careful about how much food gets washed down the drain can keep drains free and clear for a long time. There are many grease fats that are liquid when they are hot but solid when they cool. Any type of grease or fat with these properties poses a serious risk for your drains. It won’t take long for these liquids to build up a thick fatty deposit that water can’t penetrate which leads to a nasty blockage.

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Useful tips

 

  • At least twice a month remember to pour boiling hot water preferably with a mix of baking soda down the drain to keep pipes clean and gunge free, boiled kettle water works a treat!
  • Do not put wash paint brushes in a sink as this will be sure to cause a blockage, wash them in a bucket of luke warm water instead.
  • Do not pour grease or cooking oil down the kitchen sink, instead pour into empty containers and dispose of in the bin. These substances tend to get solid when they cool which is greatly known to cause a nightmare blockage.
  • Clean your sink stoppers every two months to prevent any leftover residue from building up around them.

 

 

PLUMBING SERVICES WITH ASAP PLUMBERS LTD

Are you looking for plumbers in London, an emergency plumber in London, gas safe engineer?

Do you need boiler servicing and boiler repair in London? Click here to find out more.

Do you need solar panel installation or central heating installation?

At ASAP Plumbers we have solar panel installers with strong experience with regards to solar panel installation, RHI grants and solar panel grants. For central heating service we provide air source heat pump, and power flushing. To find out more about central heating, click here or solar installation, click here.

 

Do you need bathroom design?

At ASAP Plumbers, our bathroom designers can assist you. We can also provide bathroom design ideas in London and around UK. Click here to find out more.

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