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Prescription Drug Drop Off Cabarrus

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Good evening. This week — May 14th through 19th — is Prescription Drug Drop-off Week in Cabarrus County.

Members of the Leadership Cabarrus Class of 2018 are asking residents to Check Your Rx to ensure that legally prescribed drugs do not end up in the wrong hands. They are asking residents to:

Check their medicine cabinets and closets for unused or expired medication
Collect the medication and
Drop it off at one of four locations within the county

It is important to drop prescriptions in the approved, secure drop boxes because disposing of medication in the trash or toilet is unsafe and causes contamination of soil and water supplies.

Collection locations include the City of Concord and City of Kannapolis Police Headquarters and the Sheriff’s Administration Building, as well as Harrisburg’s Hometown Pharmacy in Harrisburg and Moose Pharmacy in Mount Pleasant.

You can learn more about the Check Your Rx campaign by visiting our district website at and through our other district communication channels as well.

Thank you for your time and attention. Good night.
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Buckle Up

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

With so much information out there, it can be difficult to figure out the best way to keep kids safe in the car and people often wonder if they have made the right decision.

Luckily, there are many car seat checking stations in North Carolina that teach parents and others how to properly install and use their car seats and seat belts. Locate a program in your area.

If you live in the Concord North Carolina Area you can visit Fire Station #3, 100 Warren C Coleman Blvd. Concord N.C. 28027 Station #3 is a Safe Kids Hub. You can make a appointment to learn how to install, check on age and weight or just need help to insure your installing properly.

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SERVPRO and Auto -Owners

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

For over 100 years, Auto Owners Insurance has been dedicated to the Independent Agency system with 6200 independent agencies and is most recognized for exceptional financial strength and stability. It is among the nations largest insurers, providing insurance to 2.7 million policyholders. Auto-Owners backs up its products by providing a "No Problem" claims service. The company represented by over 42,000 licensed agents and 90 claims offices in 26 U.S. states and offers multiple lines of insurance in the country. Its no wonder then, that SERVPRO has a national Residential and Commercial water, mold, fire, and smoke mitigation program in place with them. The Auto-Owners Insurance resource page on SERVPRONETlocated here offers talking points for marketing reps interested in building a local relationship with an Auto-Owners agent or adjusters. SERVPRO is 1 of 2 approved mitigation vendors for Auto-Owners in their first Notice of Loss (FNOL) system for water and fire/smoke. Once SREVPRO is selected by the agent, the job will transferred electronically and dispatched immediately and submitted the Select National Accounts Participation Agreement (SNAPA) can participate in this program.

If you the consumer ever has a question or concern, you can always contact or your local SERVPRO franchise.

Independence Day Fire Safety

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Staying Safe on Independence Day is sometimes not the first priority. 4th. of July is a fun family time holiday, its great for cook outs, beach trips and yes Fireworks. Most all people associate the two together. They are bright colorful and make a exciting loud noise throughout. 

Kids find fireworks to be the most intriguing of all. Fire works are also a number one cause of fires and burns associated to the combustible material they are made of. If you and your loved ones choose to engage in a night of Fireworks this Holiday please follow these safety tips.

-The Best Way To Enjoy Fireworks

To view public Fireworks Displays put on and conducted by the professionals in a public location

-If You Plan To Use Fireworks

Ensure they are legal to purchase in your area

-Always Read The Directions 

Warning labels are located on all fireworks. If a devise is not marked with the contents, directions and a warning label, do not light

-Stand Several Feet Away At All Times

If a device does not go off or ignite, do not stand over it or pick it up to investigate. Do put it out in water and dispose of properly

-Most Important

Always supervise children at all times

Every One have a Safe and Happy 4th. of July

You Will Never See What Is Lurking In Your Ducts

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Since the ventilation system is often the biggest  culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the Ductwork should be the high priority . In the most cases the HVAC systems has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors and containment such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

Inspecting the heating , ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC) is a service offered. Keeping the HVAC system and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may save you many.

But keep in mind Duct Cleaning may not always be necessary. Always have your HVAC inspected so your technician or inspector can make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. 

In certain circumstance, such as after a fire, smoke, or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning may become an essential part of the clean up process. In these cases, professionals can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

-Remediate bacteria, fungi, and mold

-Reduce potential for mold growth

-Restore peak energy efficaincy

-Eliminate offensive odors

-Provide free written inspections and estimates

Toilet Problems

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage large or small can be a huge inconvenience. Toilet overflow to ruptured pipe can cause a water loss. When water begins leaking, even small leaks in areas you can’t see can be a large hazard. The possibility of harmful mold, rot or unseen damage may effect your home and the long term effect of loved ones.

SERVPRO professionals understand how disruptive water damages can be. Your family is very important so it is a top priority to identify the source of the water loss, regardless of where it hides. With top of the line equipment and highly trained professionals we have the expertise to help make your house feel like a home again. 

A mop and common household cleaning methods may not be enough. Always call the professionals. 

-Identify the source or water loss

-Measure Temperature & Humidity

-Servey extent of damages

-Inspect premises 

-Perform emergency water extraction 

-Move & Block furniture and belongings 

-Provide floor service

-Apply necessary treatments

-Disinfect & deodorize 

-Putout drying equipment & moniture 

This would be the appropriate steps that should be taken during this time.

Fire & Restoration Process

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

When your home or business has suffered significant fire damage, getting the local fire cleanup and smoke damage restoration at the location in a timely manner can make all the difference. These fire in home or fire in business professionals can transform even the more dire fire loss to back what the location looked like before the fire. Here is how the local fire cleanup crew can make short work of giving you back piece of mind and your property after fire damage.

Once you reach out to the fire in home or fire in business experts, they will arrive in a timely manner to perform a fire loss assessment. This part of the fire cleanup process allows the fire in home or fire in business professionals to inspect the soot damage and further test adjoining rooms to determine the extent of the all the fire damage, smoke damage, and soot damage. This is a very important step in the fire loss cleanup process to helping the fire in home or fire in business team to developing a plan of action.

Now that the fire in home or fire in business experts have analyzed the air quality risks, they will begin boarding up any locations that pose a serious security risk. They will board up windows, doors, and tarp the roof. When it comes to commercial fire damage, the amount of work in this process could be further complicated due to the large amount of equipment on the property that didn't sustain fire damage. The commercial fire damage team will secure the premises and maintain security to protect further damage or theft. If the commercial fire damage team finds issues that they can not address, they have inroads to fire cleanup contractors that can work on air quality too.

The next part of the fire cleanup process is water removal that was used to prevent fire loss. The more fire loss that was prevented, the more water could be on the property. The fire in home or fire in business team will locate all the water and utilize high-power vacuums and drying machines in a timely manner. The air quality experts remove the majority of the water and then will use dehumidifiers or air movers to completely remove all of the remaining water while completing the drying process.

After the fire in home or fire in business team have successfully removed all the water and dried all property, the smoke damage and soot damage removal process begins. In order to improve the air quality in the home or business, the soot damage and smoke damage from the fire damage has to properly be removed by the fire loss experts. These commercial fire damage professionals use specialized equipment and techniques that remove smoke damage and soot damage from ceilings, floors, walls, doors, and other fire damage surfaces.

As it pertains to commercial fire damage, the cleaning and sanitizing process is extremely important because customers and employees will both be on the property. The commercial fire damage experts will clean all restorable items or structures that sustained fire damage and improve air quality. Visit for more information on fire damage.

What is water damage

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

What to Do About Water Damage

Water damage and flood damage are two of the most challenging conditions to overcome when they happen inside of your home or office. Major breakdowns can occur when you get water in home foundations and water in business equipment. A flood, hurricane or overflowing appliance can end up costing you thousands of dollars if you don't handle it properly. The following are some tips that can help to protect you from trouble that comes along with water in home properties and flood damage:

Protect Yourself With Water Damage Insurance

If you don't have insurance to protect yourself from water in home structures or water in business foundations, then you will need to secure a policy now. A flood damage or water damage policy can protect your finances during times of turmoil. The insurance company can pay for most of the repairs that are necessary because of the water in home components. It will pay for water in business structures, as well. You will need to have someone come to the home or business and perform work such as water cleanup, air movement, drying and mitigation. A water damage restoration company can help you to clean up the mess.

Shut off the Electricity

The first thing you will need to do when you realize that your property is experiencing aftereffects of water damage is turn off the electricity. Electricity and water don't mix. Therefore, you don't want to inspect the property until you shut off the electric and prevent it from mixing with the water and electrocuting someone. You can go in the building and assess the damages once you're sure that all electrical lines have been dismantled or disabled. The goal is to clear the way so that some professionals can come in and help you. They understand that speed is important if you are running a business. They will try to eliminate water in business equipment.

Clean up as Much as Possible

Next, you can clean up as much of the water as possible before the water damage restoration even arrives. You can use paper towels, blankets, regular towels and the like. You don't have to do a perfect job. You're only setting the stage for the company that has to come in and perform a task like mitigation, drying, air movement and water cleanup. Mitigation is a process by which the water cleanup company reduces the severity of the problem. Air movement is a process that someone may use to push the water out with air. Drying is what you want the specialists to do to your entire house.

Contact a Reliable Water Cleanup Company ASAP

Finally, you must contact a reliable water cleanup and flood damage company that can give you a fair estimate for the work that the specialists do. A reputable company will give you a fair estimate for processes like:

Water cleanup
Air movement

Water damage restoration companies are available seven days a week and 24 hours a day to provide you with a quote that you can afford. They understand that you want to get your home or office back to normal as quickly as possible. Because of that, they will do their best to aid you with water damage restoration as soon as you call. Visit for more information on water damage.

Home Inspections Are a Must

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Sellers may have trouble spots to handle and resolve before listing a property. No one knows this better than your realtor. 2018 is a Sellers market, but do not under estimate your buyer or your buyers Inspector. Before you list a property schedule a Inspection. Some clients choose to handle items from a inspection report themselves because it may not be covered by there policy. This can also effect there homes Insurance CLUE report. CLUE ( Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange) is a data bass which records reported loss and damage information, and it is utilized by most Insurance carriers. Bad CLUE reports can follow you over years and can effect and increase premiums and renewal issues for a customer.

Contact the experts at your local SERVPRO Franchise to conduct a inspection at no cost to you the home owner.

Whether the issue is a water stain on a hardwood floor, a wine stain on the dinning room area rug, mildew smell in your basement, reassure clients that your SERVPRO Franchise Professional can get the there home in top selling condition. 

A Guide to Professional Water Damage Restoration

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

A Guide to Professional Water Damage Restoration

Water in unwanted places can damage your valuable items. However, quick water cleanup can significantly minimize flood damage and possibly save some of your precious items. The extent of flood damage depends on the water damage restoration period. If water cleanup begins immediately, you can save some pieces of furniture or even a carpet. In most cases, any electronics hit by the flood is irreparable. Never treat water in unwanted places lightly. Even an inch of stagnant water in business premises can be a perfect breeding ground for mildew. Similarly, water in home facilities can damage your flooring, walls, carpet, and furniture. Before calling your insurance company, follow these few tips to guide you through the process of water damage mitigation.

Remove Items Out of Water

The faster you get items out of the water, the more likely you can protect them from water damage. Start by disconnecting the primary power source and unplug any electronics. Next, pull up any carpets and under-padding. You can save your carpet by disinfecting it. However, if it shrinks, you can use it as a rug someday.

Get rid of the Water

You can use power or manual flood damage restoration techniques to get rid of water in home facilities. Use mops and old towels to soak as much water as you can. If sewers in your neighborhood aren’t swollen, pour the water down the drain. If otherwise, pour the water onto your lawn. You may also use a wet or dry vacuum for water cleanup in business premises. However, you need to be cautious. Plug the vacuum cleaner into power sockets far away from the water. If floods are overwhelming, consider hiring a flood damage restoration company in your neighborhood. After mopping up all the water in the business premises, dry out the affected area. That is the most efficient way you can prevent mold growth.

Drying out the affected area

Once you get rid of all the water, use dehumidifiers and fans for drying out the affected area. Once it stops raining, open windows to allow air circulation. Drying out the affected area prevents mold growth. If some parts of your drywall contacted water, you would probably have to cut away the affected areas. Crumbled drywall can be a perfect breeding ground for mold. If your baseboard trim is wooden, it’s possible to save it. However, it might not be salvageable if it's made from pressboard.


After drying out the water in business premises, use a good disinfectant to kill any bacteria that might have come up through sewers. Don’t forget to clean any walls, wood, or furniture that contacted flood water in home facilities.

Dispose of the Damaged Items

You might be tempted to throw all damaged items into a dumpster. However, it would be wise to organize damaged items into piles and recycle the reusable ones. As such, you can alleviate the pressure on your local landfill site and ease water damage restoration process. You can visit your city’s waste management website to find out where you can recycle your toxic liquids, old paints, broken electronics, and furniture. Earth 911 can also help you find recycling centers and water damage mitigation professionals in your neighborhood.

Mitigation of Flood Damage

Use Plastic Storage Bins

If your business space is limited, use rubber and plastic bins for storage. Plastic and rubber containers are a cheap and clutter-free option for storage. It’s important to ensure your bins have tight tops to protect your goods from leaking water in business premises.

Put Items up High

Boxes and items can easily get destroyed once water in home facilities starts to rise. Use plastic or metallic shelves to store your valuable items. Solid wood shelves can also be a good option. Getting your stuff off the ground can help in mitigation of water damage in the future.

Water Cleanup

Basements often become a perfect breeding place for mosquitoes and mold. It is, therefore, important to take time at least once a year to thoroughly clean your basement and get random clutter and old clothes to the recycling bin.
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