ZoomUp business  Sasser Restoration has been on the ground helping those in need in places ranging from medical facilities to large retailers, government municipalities, multifamily properties and more. We come prepared to each location, ready to care for the people, respond promptly and provide quality service. 

In 2011, their team was on the ground responding to Hurricane Irene in partnership with a large insurance company to mitigate flood damage. In 2016 they were working with a large retailer to bring buildings back to life after Hurricane Matthew damaged the property. Recently in February of 2021, they were helping multifamily communities return to normalcy after the unprecedented Winter Storm Uri left thousands out in the cold. 

No matter the situation, no matter the disaster, Sasser Restoration is the team you can count on for responsiveness, service and quality.

Case Study: Medical Facility

One particular case involved a multi-story medical facility that experienced sewage loss on the third floor. Multiple offices, patient rooms and surgical rooms were contaminated resulting in the need for immediate containment and remediation. 

Sasser stepped in immediately to mitigate the situation. Their environmental hygienist developed protocol and led the coordinated clearance of all spaces. After their team had contained and resolved the issue, third-party testing was conducted to ensure all bacteria were eliminated. 

Throughout the course of this project, Sasser managed over 49K square feet with 25 team members and solved for $530 in mitigation and repairs. 

How Sasser Can Help You

Since Sasser’s beginning, they’ve been trusted to mitigate and restore senior living facilities, commercial and residential properties, government municipalities, health care centers, and academic buildings to name a few. Their teams have completed over 4000 projects and restored over 5 million square feet in the 48 contiguous states 

As a leading disaster response team specializing in commercial and residential fire and smoke, water, mold, trauma and biohazard clean up and mitigation, it is their job to bring your buildings back to life after a catastrophic disaster has occurred. 

Whether you’re looking to set up an emergency preparedness plan for your business or need immediate attention, Sasser is there for you in your time of need. Contact Sasser Restoration’s team today at info@sasserrestoration.com to see how they can help bring your buildings back to life. 

ZoomUp business Absolute Collision is your trusted auto collision repair shop to help get you back on the road faster after an accident. Their expert team of auto repair mechanics can help restore your car to like-new condition after you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident. 

Absolute Collision specializes in collision repair, body repair, glass replacement, paintless dent repair, frame repair and ADAS Diagnostic Scanning and Calibration. While all of these services are critical to regaining the integrity of your car, ADAS Diagnostic Scanning and Calibration is one that many may overlook at first. 

ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and often includes features like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lake keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, parking assist/self-parking, adaptive headlights that steer with the vehicle and automatic headlight high-beam activation and dimming. 

In order for these features to work properly, there needs to be a variety of camera, radar and ultrasonic sensors that allow the vehicle to have an accurate view of what’s going on in its surroundings. If these sensors are off by the smallest fraction of an inch, it can be detrimental. Faulty sensors can result in a warning light or message on the instrument panel, a diagnostic trouble code, steering wheel vibration, vehicle steering pull or increased steering effort. 

These sensors can be thrown off by something as simple as a fender bender and will need to be serviced. Absolute Collision’s process of ADAS Diagnostic Scanning and Calibration will correctly align all of the car’s cameras and sensors so that the ADAS system can work as intended. 

If you’re ready to make your appointment for ADAS diagnostic scanning and calibration, give their team a call or book your appointment online. 

ZoomUp business Ease Air has a team of hard-working, knowledgeable, professional, friendly and fun individuals who know a lot about thermostats, air conditioning units, and indoor air quality solutions. As a homeowner, you may not know all the ins and outs of all things heating and cooling, but there are a few things that all HVAC technicians would want you to know. 

1.Change the Air Filters Regularly

The air filters in your home may not seem like they do much, but they actually do. The spun fiberglass material that is inside the cardboard frame can catch the dust, pollen, allergens, mold spores, lint, pet hair, dander and other microbial bacterias that would otherwise be recirculated into the air. But if the filters aren’t changed on a regular basis, they will not be as effective. 

2. Closing Vents Can Be Harmful 

It might seem like no big deal, but closing a vent can actually cause strain on your air conditioning unit and potential harm. If you’re feeling extra chilly in a room, it’s best to turn the air up or grab a blanket. 

3. Regular Maintenance is a Must

If you’re waiting for something to go wrong before you call, you’re doing it wrong. Preventative maintenance helps to lower your energy bills, extend the lifespan of your unit and prevent costly breakdowns down the road. 

4. Listen for Warning Signs

The quiet hum of an air conditioning unit or furnace often fades into the background and becomes a welcome white noise. So, anytime you hear a clink, thud, or ticking noise coming from your HVAC system, call in the professionals at Ease Air to see what’s happening. 

5. It Takes Time to Cool Down

Hate to break it to you, but it is a myth that if you turn your air conditioning down really low then the room will cool down faster. Whether you turn the temperature down 5 degrees or 50 degrees, it’s going to cool down at the same pace. 

6. Programmable Thermostats are Your New Best Friend

Ease Air offers WiFi-controlled Honeywell Thermostats that will allow you to preprogram your thermostat and have more control over the temperature of your home. If you’re coming in from a hot day at the pool or the lake and want your home to be cool before you walk in the door, simply pull out your phone and set your thermostat. It’s as easy as that. If you’re ready to upgrade your thermostat, give their team a call today at (980) 269-0792 or book your appointment online. 

7. Sizing Is Important

HVAC units come in all sizes and it is vital that you find a system that is the right size for your home. One too small and it will have to overwork to keep you cool. One too big and it will constantly be cutting on and off causing unnecessary stress on the system. 

8. Indoor Air Quality Matters

Do you ever think about what’s in the air you’re breathing? The EPA has found that the levels of indoor air pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor levels. At Ease Air we offer products like the REME HALO and iWave Home Purification System so that you can improve the air quality in your home and take a breath of fresh air. 

9. You Never Know What’s Inside

Another reason why preventative maintenance is important is that you never know what you’ll find living inside your air conditioning unit. Birds, snakes, and rodents can all make their home in your air conditioning unit and begin to wreak havoc on your system. It’s important to make sure that damage caused by creatures as small as ants and as large as dogs is addressed as soon as possible. 

10. They’re Here to Put Your Mind at Ease

The Ease Air team has seen it all. From air conditioner malfunctions in the brutal heat of summer to broken furnaces in a bitter cold and air filters covered in dust and grime. Their team of expert HVAC technicians is ready to put your mind at Ease with any of your heating and cooling needs. Give them a call today at (980) 269-0792 or book your appointment online. 

Greenway Waste Solutions at North Meck hosted a ribbon-cutting Friday, July 30, 2021, at its state-of-the-art recycling facility in Huntersville, NC. The brand new 30,000+ square foot facility has been five years in the making and will recycle about 75% of the residential and commercial construction debris that is already accepted at the Greenway Waste Solutions construction and demolition (C&D) landfill. The machinery is made up of 400,000 pounds of steel and will recycle about 75,000 tons annually.

By diverting nearly 75% of the debris that would otherwise be going into the landfill, the facility will be saving landfill space, conserving resources, and reducing the environmental impact of producing new materials. Cardboard, wood, metals, plastics, clean drywall, aggregates, and other construction-related materials are among those that will be accepted at the facility. 

As Charlotte and Mecklenburg County continue to experience growth and further its economic development, the MRF will help to eliminate the waste that comes from these homes and businesses. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) study, an estimated 8,000 lbs of waste is created from the construction of a 2,000 square foot home. The majority of the 8,000 is wood, cardboard, and drywall. Normally, that wood, cardboard, and drywall would end up in a landfill, but now it will be recycled— saving space and creating a more sustainable option for our environment and community. Additionally, not only will the facility be providing a sustainable environmental solution, but it will also be creating local jobs and supporting local markets and businesses. 

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 Greenway Waste Solutions is continuing to make intentional choices and work toward a more sustainable future. Mike Griffin, partner at Griffin Brothers Companies, said, “We are excited to announce with the help of about 20 new employees this facility will enable us to recycle the majority of the debris that has historically been landfilled.” 

With over 30 years’ experience in the construction and demolition (C&D) debris management industry, this new opening marks the seventh location for the Greenway Waste Solutions brand. Greenway Waste Solutions prides itself on its reputation and commitment to the local communities in which it operates. Greenway Waste Solutions’ goal as an organization is to further C&D recycling & reprocessing practices that will help lead to a greener and more sustainable Carolinas.

For 28 years Roger Barnes has been serving our community with integrity, passion, leadership and a vision for what’s ahead. Our hearts are filled with both joy and sadness as Roger retires from his position at the North Mecklenburg Landfill.

While the North Meck team will miss his knowledge, dedication, inviting personality and reliability, we celebrate his many accomplishments and reflect on his 28 years of outstanding service.

It was Larry Griffin, Sr. who hired Roger and brought him into the Griffin Brothers family all those years ago. Little did we know the impact he would have and the friendships that would be formed.

“I knew from the first time I met Roger that he was meant to be part of our Griffin Brothers family. Over the years he has proven his dedication, gone above and beyond and has truly impacted his coworkers and our company for the better. We are grateful for his commitment to excellence over the past 28 years and wish we could have 28 more years with him. We hate to see him go, but know that his legacy will continue to be felt through our teams,” Larry Griffin, Sr. said.

 

After the ribbon-cutting at the brand new state-of-the-art recycling facility on July 30th, there was a surprise retirement party for Roger where his friends and family, coworkers and former colleagues came to congratulate him and share in his accomplishments.

Throughout the party, people circled around Roger, shared in refreshments, wandered through the maze of tables to see pictures of Roger throughout the years and left him well-wishes, bucket list ideas and words of wisdom as he enters into retirement. 

Roger, you will be greatly missed and there’s no one who could take your place. We cannot thank you enough for your loyalty to our company and for being who you are as a person. On behalf of Griffin Brothers Companies, we wish you the best in this next stage of life.

Homebuyers in the Charlotte housing market are fighting through a tough seller’s market, scouring Zillow listings, receiving every notification they can from Realtor.com and are fighting tooth and nail to find their dream home. 

It’s no surprise that the Charlotte housing market has such fierce competition. In 2018 Charlotte was ranked the fourth-hottest U.S. housing market and is one of the fastest-growing cities, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic. 

According to the Charlotte Observer, the number of homes for sale in the Charlotte area has dropped to its lowest level in 17 years. Pre-pandemic, Charlotte was already an exciting city where many people were moving to, but especially after the pandemic, many people from larger cities are choosing to move and call Charlotte home. 

In February of 2021, new listings were down 6.2% in comparison to February of 2020 as some home sellers are waiting until the price of buying a home becomes more affordable and when they won’t have to navigate around at homeschooling and working from home to show their house. 

All of this to say, when Charlotte homebuyers finally have the chance to submit an offer, it can be tempting to buy as-is, to forgo the inspections, and to not press the sellers on details of the home’s maintenance, but these inspections are of the utmost importance. KUTV reports that the “percentage of successful offers between September 2020 and February 2021 that waived the inspection almost doubled from a year before.”

Home inspections are critical to uncovering any potential electrical hazards before signing on the bottom line. One of the potential electrical hazards you’ll want to investigate is whether or not the home has Federal Pacific Electric’s “Stab Lok” circuit breakers. 

The Problem With Federal Pacific Electric’s “Stab Lok” Circuit Breakers

If you are looking to buy a Charlotte home that was built between 1960-1985, it’s important that you have a home inspection and look for the “Stab Lok” circuit breakers. Circuit breakers are supposed to trip when wires are overloaded so as to not cause an electrical fire. But, FPE Stab Lok circuit breakers aren’t doing their job.

One study found that 51% of Stab Lok circuit breakers failed to trip when overloaded. A peer-reviewed paper estimated that FPE Stab-Lok breakers may be responsible for 2,800 fires, 13 deaths and $40 million in property damage annually. 

The Washington Post reports that FPE Stab-Lok circuit breakers have been investigated several times over the last few decades and many professional electricians recommend replacing any FPE Stab-Lok breakers to avoid potential hazards.

What Charlotte Homebuyers Need To Know

Although the housing market in the Charlotte, Belmont, Concord, Cornelius, Gastonia, Mooresville, Huntersville and Winston Salem areas are as competitive as ever and it may be tempting to forgo a home inspection so that you can have the home of your dreams, it’s critical to take the necessary precautions and make sure that your home is safe for your family. 

The certified and insured electricians at Viva Electric, one of Griffin Brothers Companies’ ZoomUp businesses, are ready to help with any of your home electrical needs. From replacing aluminum wiring to installing a whole home generator to replacing your circuit breaker, Viva Electric’s team of expert electricians can help you make sure that your new Charlotte home is safe and up to code.

Homebuyers in the Charlotte housing market are fighting through a tough seller’s market, scouring Zillow listings, receiving every notification they can from Realtor.com, and are fighting tooth and nail to find their dream home. 

It’s no surprise that the Charlotte housing market has such fierce competition. In 2018 Charlotte was ranked the fourth-hottest U.S. housing market and is one of the faster-growing cities, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic. 

According to the Charlotte Observer, the number of homes for sale in the Charlotte area has dropped to its lowest level in 17 years. In February of 2021, new listings were down 6.2% in comparison to February of 2020. 

All of this to say, when Charlotte homebuyers finally have the chance to submit an offer, it can be tempting to buy as-is, to forgo the inspections, and to not press the sellers on details of the home’s maintenance, but these inspections are of the utmost importance. KUTV reports that the “percentage of successful offers between September 2020 and February 2021 that waived the inspection almost doubled from a year before.”

If your future home is not properly inspected for plumbing problems, you could end up paying the price a few months down the road. The Ease Plumbing team has put together a list of essential plumbing problems to check for before you sign on the dotted line. 

Sewer Lines

You should always have the sewer lines inspected before purchasing a home. This is important because the drains could be blocked by overgrown tree roots or the drains could be disintegrating due to old age. Both of these problems will result in a smelly and costly repair down the road. Call in a professional plumber to check for any signs of leaks and potential problems. 

Water Heaters

The average lifespan of a water heater is 10-12 years so when you’re purchasing a home, it’s important to know when the current water heater was installed. If the water heater were to leak, would it cause significant damage to the area it’s located? What is the condition of the water heater? Is it a tankless water heater? Are all of the connections secure? Is the size of the water heater appropriate for your family? These are all essential questions to ask when looking to purchase a new home in the Charlotte area. 

Pipes

The next potential plumbing problem could be coming from the home’s pipes. You can check pipe size, water pressure, water meters, and the water color for tell-tale signs of plumbing problems coming from the pipes. If your prospective home was built before 1980, it likely is using galvanized pipes that corrode much faster than PVC pipes, causing a nightmare for the homeowner. If you like good water pressure, hot showers, and leak-free ceilings, this is an important one to check. 

Lead

Lead in your pipes should be a deal-breaker for any potential home buyer, but if you forgo the inspection and the seller doesn’t mention it, how would you know? Lead comes from three places in a home plumbing system: the service line, the solder, and older faucets and valves made from brass. It wasn’t until 1986 that solder containing lead was illegal in the United States. Additionally, homes built in the 1970s through 2014 that use brass faucets and valves may contain up to 8% lead. It is critical that you check the plumbing in a potential home for signs of lead before purchasing. 

Bathrooms

There are a lot of potential plumbing problems in your bathroom. From leaky showers to clogged drains and drippy sinks, it’s important to address these seemingly minor problems before they become larger issues. In fact, a faucet that drips just once per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year. 

Homebuyers beware of these five plumbing pitfalls and give your local plumber a call before signing on the bottom line. The team at Ease Plumbing is ready to put your mind at Ease when you’re going through the stressful process of buying a home.

What else should every homeowner know about their home’s plumbing system? Here are 10 plumbing facts every Charlotte homeowner should know.

Homebuyers are fighting through a tough seller’s market, scouring Zillow listings, receiving every notification they can from Realtor.com, and are fighting tooth and nail to find their dream home. 

As of May of 2021, Realtor.com declares that the Gastonia housing market is a seller’s market, indicating there are more people looking to buy a house than there are sellers. With homes being sold over asking price, fewer houses on the market, and more people looking to find a forever home in the Gastonia/Charlotte region, it’s requiring buyers to move fast, make quick decisions, and possibly overlook home inspections. 

KUTV reports that the “percentage of successful offers between September 2020 and February 2021 that waived the inspection almost doubled from a year before.”

If your future home is not properly inspected for heating and cooling problems, you could end up paying the price a few months down the road. The Roland Black Heating and Cooling team of expert heating and cooling technicians have put together a list of essential heating and cooling items that you’ll need to check for before you sign on the dotted line. 

1. Ask About the Age of the Air Conditioning System

The age of an air conditioning system is particularly important. Typical heating and cooling units can last anywhere between 10-15 years if properly maintained. If the system in the home you’re looking at buying is nearing the end of its lifespan, it’s important to consider those ramifications. The system may not be energy efficient, it could require costly repairs or a complete replacement in the near future. To help you weigh your decision, ask the seller if there is any paperwork documenting previous inspections or if the unit is under warranty. 

2. Inspect the Ductwork

The next heating and cooling item that you’ll want to inspect is the ductwork. The average family creates nearly 40 pounds of dust each year, and this can all end up being recirculated throughout the year if the ducts are not properly cleaned. You’ll want to check for any gaps, loose connections, or signs of condensation as well as excess dust. Indoor air quality is an important feature of any home and can have consequences on your health if not properly addressed. 

3. Check The Refrigerant

Before you purchase your new home, you’ll want to find out what type of refrigerant the heating and cooling system uses. The Environmental Protection Agency has banned a refrigerant named R-22. If this new home’s heating and cooling system runs on R-22 you may have to replace the system sooner than you’d like because you’ll no longer be able to find or use the R-22 refrigerant. 

4. Find Out the Average Heating and Cooling Costs

Next, you’ll want to ask the current homeowners about the home’s average heating and cooling costs. If the system is being overworked, is outdated and not running at its peak performance or is too small for the size of the home, it will end up costing you more because it is having to do more work for the same output. This is important to consider because it could lead to a shorter lifespan, costly repairs, and higher bills. 

5. Learn About the Home’s Insulation

Finally, if you’re in the market for a new home, you’ll want to learn about the home’s insulation. While this is not directly related to the heating and cooling system, it does affect it. If the home is not well insulated, the heating and cooling system will have to run more often in order to heat or cool the home. This results in an overworked system, higher energy bills, and the need to repair or replace your heating and cooling system sooner rather than later. 

Homebuyers beware of these five heating and cooling warning signs and give your local HVAC technician at Roland Black Heating and Cooling a call before signing on the bottom line.

Disaster can strike at a moment’s notice. When an impending hurricane, tornado or winter storm is on its way, there’s nothing you can do to stop it from crossing paths with your home or business. But, what you can do is prepare. 

As a leading disaster response team, Sasser Restoration, a Griffin Brothers Companies ZoomUp business has created the Green Light Priority Response Program so that your organization can receive immediate attention after a disaster. 

With one call you can kickstart a turn-key response to comprehensive disaster recovery. From the second we pick up the phone, Sasser’s team of experts will work alongside you to ensure you’re prepared to weather any storm and recover quickly from the disaster that has interrupted your business operations. 

As part of the Green Light Priority Response Program, we will:

  1. Get to know your facilities, goals, and standard operating procedures
  2. Develop a response protocol unique to your organization and specific needs
  3. Monitor impending natural disasters and stand ready to respond 24/7, 365

It’s important that our team understands your priorities and unique needs. Every organization is different, and we know that a one-size-fits-all method does not work when it comes to disaster recovery; that’s why we issue an emergency protocol evaluation. This allows us to outline and update access and logistical protocols to ensure your organization’s recovery is as quick and seamless as possible. 

Our process doesn’t stop there. Sasser’s team of restoration and mitigation experts will review historical loss and near-miss data and highlight areas of improvement, potentially reducing risk exposures and saving you funds. By using thousands of location and insurance-based data points, we’ll help you find where resources can best be allocated and help you prepare for what’s coming. Through thorough research, insight gathering, risk assessment reviews and open dialogue, you will feel confident that a solid plan is in place for your organization. 

Intelligent monitoring and dynamic support are also part of the Green Light Priority Response Program. This means that Sasser maps all of your business and office locations and then monitors potential weather-related disasters that are threatening your operations. Sasser can also provide supporting and training for facility and risk management teams. 

Finally, when disaster does strike you will be among the first to be served. Resources will be set aside and dedicated to your business and our team will immediately start enacting the pre-planned protocols to meet your recovery goals. Our 24/7, 365 response time is part of our promise to you. 

All it takes is one phone call to set the plan in motion. Contact Sasser Restoration at 844-449-1144 or via email at greenlight@sasserrestoration.com to learn more about the Green Light Priority Response Program and ensure that your organization is ready to withstand the storm. 

In 1973, Roland Black Heating and Cooling was founded in Gastonia, North Carolina. It began as a family-owned HVAC company that took pride in providing a referral-worthy experience to every customer. We are proud to say that 48 years later, we are still providing the same quality heating and cooling services to the community we call home. Roland Black Heating and Cooling is now one of the Griffin Brothers Companies ZoomUp businesses. 

Roland Black’s roots are grounded in high-attention to detail, high-quality craftsmanship and high-quality people. Although they’ve grown and implemented new practices, technologies, and processes, we still remain true to who we are.

Roland Black Heating and Cooling is committed to continuing to provide this referral worthy service and training the next generation of heating and cooling technicians throughout their community and beyond. One way they’re doing this is through the Market Leader program. 

Through the Market Leader program, employees have the opportunity to open his or her own branch of Roland Black Heating and Cooling and reap the benefits with full backing from the company. 

The Market Leader does not have to worry about the financial strain of starting a business, nor do they have to fill their schedules sitting behind a computer to do the taxes, dispatch, payroll or marketing—that is all handled by our ZoomUp Shared Services team. Market Leaders are able to lead their teams, work in the field and pass on their skills and passions to the next generation of tradesmen and tradeswomen who also want to become Market Leaders. 

It is with great pride and excitement that we introduce Jeff Webb as Roland Black’s first Market Leader. Jeff has 21 years of experience in the heating and cooling industry and has been with Roland Black for 3 years. Jeff’s experience, passion, and leadership represent all that a Market Leader should be and more. 

“I’m looking forward to more leadership and being able to grow as a person, as a salesman, as a leader and also helping my guys as far as their careers are concerned,” he said.

Market Leaders are not only chosen for their technical skills and knowledge but also because of their drive, ambition, and entrepreneurial spirit. Jeff will be overseeing the Gaston County market and strives to “push Roland Black’s growth into the foreseeable future while exceeding the expectations of our customers.”

On behalf of Roland Black Heating and Cooling and Griffin Brothers Companies, please join us in congratulating Jeff on this accomplishment and the next step in his rewarding career. 

If you are interested in becoming a Market Leader with Roland Black Heating and Cooling, please reach out to us at zuss@griffinbros.com