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Home Repair Vancouver

Ken Bradshaw has over 20 years experience in restoration and  renovation of both commercial and home renovations. Ken is able to provide total home service that you would be unable to find with most home repair people or contractors.

 Ken  is Certified in the following:

  1.     A Certified member of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration
  2.     A member of the Carpet Cleaners Institute of North America
  3.     A member of  The World Floor Covering Association and he holds a WRT Certification
  4.     Long time member in good standing with the “BBB”

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What does this mean to Me?

Total Home Repair will provide outstanding service, hassle free, high quality home renovations, home repair and water damage restoration services. With one phone call you will reach a licensed and insured professional that can provide a full range of home services in a timely fashion.

Our “One Stop Home Service” gives you the peace of mind that you will No longer have to organize materials, schedule subcontractors, or deal with any problems that will waste your time and money.

Total Home Repair truly is a One Stop Home Service Centre.  We eliminate the stress that normally comes with home renovations ,home repair and water damage  repair and we bring a peace of mind that your project will be completed on time and within budget… this is our promise! It is safe to say we believe in old fashioned service.

Home Repairs and Renovations

Home Repairs and Renovations

Total Home services will provide the following services and much more:


Total Home Repair truly is a One Stop Home Service Centre.  We eliminate the stress that normally comes with home renovations ,home repair and water damage  repair and we bring a peace of mind that your project will be completed on time and within budget… this is our promise! It is safe to say we believe in old fashioned service.



“We have used the services of Total Home Restorations many times in the past few years and from the first experience we had in dealing with Ken Bradshaw, we found him to be an amiable and hard working individual. We were very pleased with the quality of work that his company did and since that time we utilized his company on many different occasions. The list of jobs they are able to perform is vast as they are able to provide such a wide range of services. This has saved me a lot of time in searching for a variety of different companies. I know I simply have to make one call and I will have the work done in the most detailed & cost efficient manner possible.”

Sam Allidina, General Manager, Western Glass & Mirrors Ltd.

Home Renovations, Home Repair Services and water damage repair areas of service include : Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, New Westminster, Surrey, Langley and Maple Ridge.

You can contact us at 604-523-2238 or contact us.

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Budgeting for Your Kitchen Renovation Coquitlam

Being sensible with a kitchen budget is great rule as your start on your renovation.renovation. Having a renovation budget is an must unless of course money is no object. A well thought out budget will prevent you from making wrong decisions and choices as you progress through the renovation.

Do renovation research so you have an idea about the costs of  contractors, appliances and materials will be. This will really help you when you talk to your contractor of choice.  Once you have your research information , then you will be in a position  to work out a budget. It is smart budget a little higher and have a bit of a buffer  for the unexpected. You can almost bet that your budget will be tested as you will always have choices and upgrades and “got to have it features” that could throw you off track.  It is also a great idea to get more than one quote and references are always nice as well. Check the contractors website for testimonials and any social proof that makes sense. The other thing is to be value minded rather and you will not be as tempted by the lowest bid. Sometimes the lowest bid is not the best decision. Think about the quality of the finished product and do your best to bring real value to your purchase.

Kitchen Renovations

Kitchen Renovations

Kitchen Renovation Coquitlam Appliances

Appliances are always fun to shop for but again shop around and you can do a lot of the research on the internet with consumer reviews and retailers prices. Price ranges vary from store to store so take your time. If you are buying all of your appliances from one place it is also a good idea to get a discount. Sometimes your contractor may also have an opportunity for you to buy wholesale or pass along the contractors discount. Talk to your contractor about this before you sign a contract with them.  Keeping your kitchen renovation within budget will require some discipline but it will be worth. You will have  urges to go outside your budget and sometimes that is ok, remember you built in a bit of a buffer… just don’t go wild.

There are a few things you should think about before hiring the services of a professional contractor and  making those appliance selections. The kitchen is a great flex room it does so many things from  a meeting place for the family, preparing food with the family and of course enjoying a meal with the family. The kitchen is also a storage area for food and possibly cleaning supplies.

The Kitchen Work Triangle

The kitchen is a great gathering place. Everyone likes to  migrate to the kitchen as it is usually a main focus in your home . So, it is important that your remodelling ideas take this into consideration. Home decorating magazines ,you tube and the internet are all great places to go for renovation ideas.  If you decide to work with a designer this will help you communicate and share ideas.

The first kitchen remodelling tip is to consider the three basic kitchen functions: storage, food preparation, and clean-up. A well thought out kitchen design will accommodate each of these three functions. The layout of the kitchen design should be defined with convenient layout and ease of movement. The historical “work triangle” should be a good guidline. The sink, the refrigerator and the stove are the three most frequented facets of the kitchen and it is a good idea to arrange them in a triangular pattern. This time tested plan prevents unnecessary steps and has time tested as  a great working layout.
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If I suspect Toxic Black Mold, what should I do about it?


The Black Mold Smell Test!

Testing for Stachybortrys mold is actually just what expert technicians check for in homes and office buildings. That is due to the fact that the Stachybortrys is also named black mold and it can be very toxic. This particular mould is actually a greenish black slimy mould that is usually found on cellulose products, like wood and paper. It does have a strong odor, so one hint you should do some testing for Stachybortrys is the odd musty smell that you have. In a nutshell if you smell it your probably have it.

Testing For Stachbortrys

Anyone can do their own Stachbortrys  testing utilizing a specific  testing kit. This will save you a little money that a professional testing for Stachybortrys charges and you can do a similar thing. Inside the testing kit with respect to black mould, there is a petrie dish containing a disc. You won’t need to handle it when you use this package, so there really is no risk involved. You just introduce the disc to the air for about two hours and then close the lid to allow it to incubate for 48 hours. When you open it after that time, if there is a fungus growing on the disc, then this means that you have mold. It might or may not be black Stachbortrys.

The important point you need to look at when testing for Stachybortrys is; if you can smell it  you do have a concern!  If you have with black mold, it means you  have an issue with water or moisture and this has to be addressed. If you don’t look for and fix this problem, the it will only return. Testing for mold is only some the solution. One also will have to find the reason for the moisture in the basement.

Black Mold

Getting Rid of Black Mold

Black Mold Loves Moisture – So Get Rid of the Moisture

The problem causing the black mould might be condensation building up on the pipes in your basement or maybe the effects of not getting enough heating inside the basement. Nevertheless, there are occasions when the Stachbortrys black mold testing calls for extreme measures for you in order to get rid of the mold. If, for instance, the source of the black mold is the underlay under the carpeting, this means you will have to take up all the carpet and toss it out. Just screening for Stachbortrys mold will not help you eliminate the toxic Black in your home.

Call an Expert in Black Mold

It really is a good idea to call in an expert if you are concerned about Black Mold. If you think you are in this situation Call Ken Bradshaw of Total Home Services. Ken’s Office number is 604-523-2238 or he can be reached on his cell at 604-808-7039.

An interesting article on Black Mold can be found here.

Total Home Services services Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Surrey and most of the lower mainland.

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Water damage Restoration should be started as soon as possible. Water damage can be induced  by a range of situations including pipes that have burst, toilets that have backed up, sinks that overflow and a host of other sources including plugged drain tiles, and even cracked foundations. Water can do a great deal of damage quite promptly to floors, carpets, drywall and personal belongings. In situations such as these the sooner you start your water clean the less damage you will have to repair.

Water damage types can best described and placed into the following categories:

1. Clean Water: from a clean source without contaminates such as a sink that has overflowed.

2. Grey Water: Is water that is no clean and could pose a danger or risk. ( i.e. dishwasher overflow)

3. Black Water: Sewage  backup and also drainage water. Could be dangerous and carry contaminates.

Water of any type or description will certainly absorb into drywall, baseboards and also sub-flooring. Water restoration starts After removing the standing water and stopping the water problem.

Water Damage Restoration

Water Damage Restoration Equipment

Ken and his company  utilize high speed air movers as well as dehumidifiers to take out wetness and enhance quick drying.  Drying time may differ as well as it will depend on the area location, location of the water damage, the material types that have been damaged and even the current weather conditions.

Total Home Services utilizes high speed air movers as well as dehumidifiers to take out wetness and enhance quick drying.  Drying time may differ as well as it will depend on the area location, source of the water , the material types that have been damaged and even the current weather conditions.

After the water has been successfully removed and any sort of non-salvageable products have been eliminated Total Home Services will will strategically place restoration drying fans according to to industry standards and guidelines.  Total Home Services will monitor the restoration equipment and return to the home at regular intervals, to check the restoration equipment, temperature levels, moisture in general, as well as moisture content of the affected walls, components, or other affected materials. This monitoring assures an accurate and timely drying process.

Once the temperature, humidity, and moisture content is considered appropriate and safe based on industry standards, the equipment will be removed.  If there has been sewage contamination, hard surfaces areas are washed as well as sterilized. Drywall, ceiling tiles, insulation, particleboard as well as panelling are gotten rid of and also anything that can be disinfected is thrown out.

If is important to understand that a quick start to water damage restoration  helps stop  damage from spreading and this means, decreased clean up costs faster recovery time and consequently less exposure to longer periods of inconvenience and frustration for our clients.

A quick clean up also helps reduce the chances for personal asset damage and a reduced chance for mold contamination, extreme damage to floors and odours from water that has been absorbed into the area.

Total home Services will will perform fast restoration on floor coverings, walls, ceilings and even structural materials that have been water damaged . You will be assured of a job well done in the face of your unexpected misfortune.

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Ken Bradshaw of Total Home Services can be reached at 604-808-7039. Ken is known for his quick response and will service The Lower Mainland including:Vancouver, North Vancouver,  Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody,  East Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey and Langley.

For all your water Damage restoration  and home renovation needs !

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Water Damage Repair

If you have every come home to water damage and you are knee deep in water a flooded basement you probably understand the need for a quick response and a timely water damage repair.

Water damage repair is quite frequently needed  because of a broken pipe and quite often it is the result of a broken pipe from extreme cold weather. It is also possible that foundation cracks or a broken weeping tile system is allowing water to penetrate into the home.

Your first course of action is to try and stop the source of the leak. If the water is generating from an open tap or faucet it may be as simple as turning it off. If you are unable to determine the source of the water damage  it is always a good idea to turn off the main water supply to the building.

Once you have shut off the water supply you will probably want to call a fire and water restoration company such as Total Home Services.  In cases where you will need  water damage repair and preventation of further r damage from mold and contaminates it is always wise to call in a professional that specializes in water damage repair and mould remediation.

A restoration company is well equipped to deal with water extraction and the correct drying procedures, they will have heavy equipment such as dehumidifiers and blowers to assure drying takes place in a timely and controlled fashion.

If there is contamination involved for sure you don’t want to tackle the clean up on your own as the aftermath of a poor clean up job could linger on for years and the decontamination will require EP approved chemicals. A professional fire and water damage repair company will assure the job is done correctly as a professional restoration company is trained to use different cleaning and decontaminating agents on certain materials and there is no substitute for this type of knowledge.

Professional restoration companies will also be instrumental in finding the original source of the water problem and will be able to guide you to the proper repair.

Your insurance company will also be relying on the the professionals to report the nature of the problem, the repair solution and they will be able to help the homeowner with communication and reporting to your insurance carrier.

We hope you never find your self in an emergency situation when it comes to water damage repair…if you do… our response time at Total Home Services is fast and we have been professionally attending to these types of water and fire damage issues for over 20 years.

Total Home Services are experts in fast response to water and fire restoration and they are a  member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau, a Certified member of The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration, a member of the Carpet Cleaners Institute of North America, a member of the World Floor Covering Association and hold a WRT Certification.

If you are in need of a professional water and fire restoration company call Ken Bradshaw today at 604-808-7039

You can expect quick emergency response times in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Port Moody, Burnaby, and  New Westminster. If you require professional Restoration company outside of these areas for non emergency we are well known for our expert workmanship and skills. If you have an emergency outside of these areas call us for a response time and we will be more than pleased to help you quite often we may have a service truck in your area.

We are often servicing non-emergency situations in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, and Surrey.

Our Number is 604-808-7039

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Total Home Services is well known as the “One Stop Shop” for all your home repairs and renovations, Ken has over 20 years experience, Furnace & Duct Cleaning is one of many services offered by Ken and his Company.

  1. A Certified member of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and     Restoration
  2. A member of the Carpet Cleaners Institute of North America
  3. A member of  The World Floor Covering Association and he holds a WRT Certification
  4.  Long time member in good standing with the “BBB”

We usually think of having our air ducts cleaned to get rid of the accumulation of dust, but rarely do we think of the following items as being further consideration for getting the furnace  &  duct cleaning done.

Other Considerations for Furnace & Duct Cleaning:

1. skin cells that have been shedded
2. parts of insects
3. dust and dirt
5. mould
6. dust mites
7. rodant droppings,
8. bacteria or possibly viruses

Duct  cleaning should also be done to get rid of other environmental contaminants  like paint dust or fibers from carpet.

When contaminants such as these are breathed in they can’t be good for your health. This may be especially true if anyone  living in the house is sensitive because of asthma, allergies or other type of respiratory problems.

Dirty Air Duct

Furnace & Duct Cleaning Does Make a Difference!

A good duct cleaning in your home will give you fresher, cleaner air and cut down on the amount time you spend dusting furniture. An effective duct and furnace cleaning will remove the build up of contaminants from your duct and furnace system.

It is important that all parts of the central air system including the filter and blower are cleaned and that the complete system is treated with a sanitizing solution to stop or slow the growth of bacteria, allergens, bacteria and mold.

This cleans the system and keeps the air in your home, cleaner and healthier. Furnace and duct cleaning professionals recommend maintenance services every year or so depending on your circumstances.

More frequent air duct and furnace cleaning should be considered if:

1) smokers live and smoke in the house
2) If there are pets in the house that like to shed
3) If there has recently been some home renovations
4) there are a few occupants in the home
5) If the cold air returns are on the floors rather than the walls
6) The house is new construction, or you are moving into a new home.

It should also be mentioned that your furnace will work less and be more efficient when it is working and performaing at its best. So there is also an economy to keeping the your forced air system working at its best.

Total Home services also provides, water damage repair, home renovations, fence repair. basement renovations, mould removal and pretty much anything that has to do with home repair and home maintenance. Call Ken today at 604-808-7039

Ken Services Vancouver, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, New Westminster, Port Moody, North Vancouver, Maple Ridge and most of the Lower Mainland.

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Fence Repair Vancouver

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Fencing your residence has numerous benefits and it is wise to maintain a system for fence repair. Providing privacy and much needed security to your Vancouver family can be an important benefit to fence repair.

The aesthetic aspect of it, is also important in adding to the overall appeal of your home. However if you don’t maintain the fence and the repairs on time, the durability of it will be affected over time. Robert  Frost once said that “Good Fences Make Good Neighbours” and it is highly appropriate to be thinking that fence repair plays a part in that thinking.

This article will highlight a few important tips in home fence repair and fence maintenance.

Tips for Fence Repair Vancouver:

1. Inspect the fence for broken or loose boards and posts.  With this in mind you can plan your attack and move forward with the fence repair.  This visual will help you with your home repair budget and the question is always “should I repair or replace?”.

2. Staining a fence is much better than painting the fence.  It also gives more protection to the fence by penetrating more into the wood.  Staining will make future fence repairs much easier than repairing a painted fence.

3. The gate that is connecting the fence should also be kept in top condition with regular maintenance.  Oil the hinges of the gate regularly and keep them rust free always.  If not oiled on a regular basis, it would make the opening and the closing of the gate difficult after sometime. This is a minor home repair so all the more reason to get this small home repair done in a timely fashion.

4. All lose nails should be tightened to avoid further fence repair in the future.  Loose nails can be  threat to your kids as well as your pets.  You can hammer them back or else replace any rusty nails in the fence.  This is essential in maintaining a fence and it is a simple home repair that can be done in moments.

5. If you plan  on replacing the fence, this may be the time to check your property survey and also check with City Hall for height restrictions and possible architectural controls as it is related to fencing and your neighbourhood.

Fence Repair

Total Home Services doing Fence Repair

The above tips will come in handy, when maintaining or doing fence repair. Regular maintenance and repair work will guarantee a strong, durable fence and save your valuable money in the process. A sound fence may help in keeping a good relationship with your neighbours…if not… maybe it will be enough just to give some of that privacy we mentioned earlier.

Total Home Services will do Fence Repair in: Vancouver, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Burnaby, North Vancouver, New Westminster and the surrounding areas.

If you are in need of fence repair, home repair, house renovations or pretty much any project around the home call Ken today. Ken is very informative, easy to talk to and he shows up when he is supposed to. Call Ken today at 604-808-7039. More about Ken and THS services.

Fence Repair, Home Repair, Home Renovations

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 Bathroom Mould

Bathroom Mould needs moisture to grow. Can you think of a better place than a bathroom to harvest a good crop of bathroom mould. A bathroom is always humid and more often then not we don’t pay attention to humidity levels in the bathroom until it is too late.

Tell tale signs of bathroom problems are visual patches of mould on grout, ceilings, wall and tub corners. Quite often the home owner will attack these problem areas with bleach. The danger of doing this  is the  rubbing may release more spores into the air and spread  spores to other areas of the home.

If you want to prevent bathroom mould  make sure you have good ventilation and leave the bathroom windows and doors open when the bathroom is not in use.  It is also a good idea not to allow pooling of water or standing water stay for long as you want to keep your bathroom floor and bathroom wall tiles as dry as possible.

In order to kill bathroom mould and get rid of the spores you will have to be diligent about cleaning the affected areas of bathroom mould growth. Bathroom mould and mildew will involve minimizing the moisture in the bathroom area or making use of an encapsulation procedure.

This encapsulation procedure will stop harmful black mould from growing. Use all-natural cleaning items that have the ability to remove mould and also prevent the it  from returning. Mould and mildew killers are great to use in the bathroom but be sure the organic product is strong enough to get the job done. The attempt is to find a surface mould killer and protect against future growth in the bathroom area.

Black Mould

Be Diligent About getting rid of Black Bathroom Mould

Poor ventilation, standing or pooling water and possible plumbing leaks left unattended will all contribute to create a growth environment for bathroom mould. Bathroom Mould can be a health risk for some people. If you suspect a mould problem that is out of control it should be addressed by a professional.

This post is pointing out the health problems related to Bathroom Mould. It should be noted that homes with water damage in basements and crawl spaces are also very prone to Black Mould. If you have an area  that has been subject to conditions that encourage mould growth it may be an idea to have it checked out.

Total Home Services are experts in dealing with water damage repair and Mould and Fire damage remediation.

Ken Bradshaw of  Total Home services is such a person. With over 20 years experience in water damage, mould and fire remediation Ken is a good choice to council you on these issues. Call Ken today at 604-808-7039.

Total Home Service will service Bathroom Mould issues and water damage problems in: Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Langley and most of the Lower Mainland area.

 Bathroom Mould

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Home Repair

Most people are very fearful when it comes to the topic of home improvement and home repairs. Whether the physical requirements of the job seem great or the task too complicated, many people are beaten before they begin their home repair or home improvement projects. If you are thinking about selling your home here are some simple projects to consider. If you are still uncertain about doing them call Total Home Services to give you a FREE quote on your home improvement project.

Home Repair to Consider Before Selling !

1. You should make sure to have your home power washed by professionals before you put it on the market. A potential buyer will see the outside of your home long before they see the inside of it. If you have a squeaky-clean exterior, it may make them more interested in seeing what is on the interior and it may help them overlook some of the needed small home repair jobs.

2. A great home improvement tip to use for selling your home or even improving how it looks is to add exterior lighting. Whether you’re lighting up your driveway or simply your front and/or back porch, some exterior lighting on and around your home makes a huge difference and enables your home to stand out

3. If you are trying to sell your home, make sure your house has curb appeal. Planting flowers and grooming the landscaping will help. If you can’t paint the entire house, paint the trim and the front door. Usually, these areas wear sooner than the siding, and this quick home improvement project can really give your home a welcome facelift

4. Deodorize your home before showing it to buyers. This is especially true if you are selling a house you have lived in. If you have been in the house for extended periods of time, you might not notice the way it smells. Neglecting to deodorize could turn off potential buyers.

5. A way to do some home improvements that will really add a touch of class to any room, consider doing crown moldings. Crown moldings come in a variety of different shapes and can conform to any ceiling. They will add a touch of elegance and value to any room in the home.

6. Improving the lighting in your home will increase its appeal. Take down any dark curtains you might have up, replace light bulbs with higher wattage bulbs and clean all of the windows until they shine. A bright, well-lit home, is at the top of the buyers wish list, right behind a good location, so be sure to do all that you can to illuminate your home.

These pointers are very effective measures to review before your house goes on the market. Ken Bradshaw of Total Home Services has over 20 years experience in both cosmetic home repairs and large home projects such as water damage repair, fire damage repair, and mold remediation.


Home Repair Service Areas

Total Home Services will will service home repair and home improvement projects in: Vancouver, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Surrey and Langley. Total Home Services is a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. Call Ken at 604-523-2238.

If you are Dealing with an emergency water damage or smoke damage problem call Ken at 604-808-7039.

Home Repair & Home Improvement


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Water Damage

Ken Bradshaw of Total Home Services has been in the water and Fire Restoration business for over 20 years. Water damage can be a quick total surprise such as a broken pipe or it can be a slow drip over time that goes unnoticed and eventually causes wood and materials to rot or mold. Either way it may take a professional team to correct your water damage problem.

A few preventative measures could prevent thousands of Dollors worth of water damage repair. So heed the following.

Always make sure to shut the water off for any kitchen or bathroom improvements. You should always know where the water shutoff valve is, and turn it off when working near water pipes or a water supply to ensure that you do not create a flood of water. Making sure to do this can prevent unnecessary water damage. It is surprising the number of times we have seen a project go bad because the location of the shut off valve was not known or planned for by the owner.
Keep your water flowing during cold weather by adding heat wraps to water pipes located in crawlspaces or under mobile homes. Acting like electric blankets for your pipes, these special wraps use electricity to create just enough heat to prevent ice from forming in the pipes. Frozen pipes can burst or split, causing costly leaks and water damage. This can happen so quickly and it can be easy to prevent.
To save money on home maintenance, check all of your faucets and pipes for leaks and have them repaired quickly. Leaking faucets can waste quite a bit of water, costing you in higher bills. Also, pipes that are leaking within your walls or under your house can lead to serious water damage. Minor Bathroom renovations can turn to major Bathroom renovations if water has dripped or leaked behind the walls. This kind of gets us back to the mold and rot situation mentioned above.
Chimneys, gutters, and downspouts can often get overlooked during our  inspections to wintierize our homes. It is important to inspect these aspects of your home to make sure they are functioning properly and make any repairs necessary.

Your chimney can catch fire if not cleaned on a regular basis and gutters and downspouts can become clogged with debris, which can lead to water damage if not addressed. Fire and water damage are not a lot of fun and they can be costly and dangerous.

Nobody likes to even think of these things but if you find your self in this kind of a situation Call Ken Bradshaw of Total Home Services. Ken has over 20 years of experience in home fire and water restoration and he put this experience to work if you require renovations or repair around the home.

Ken is a member of the Better Business Bureau, Institiute of of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration, Carpet Cleaners Institute of the Northwest, World Floor Covering Association and the Dri-EAs University.

Take advantage of Ken’s experience and call him today 604-808-7039.

Ken Services, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Mape Ridge and Surrey.

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