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Four Port Coquitlam Home Repairs to pay attention to discussed here. Total Home Services can do pretty much all Repairs around your home and years of experience tells us that some home repairs around the house are more important than others. The four Port Coquitlam home repairs to keep your eye on are the following.

1. Making sure  your home is Able to move water away from the foundation properly.

If your downspouts are plugged and overflowing the overflow can damage the siding and cause pooling at the base of the home. You want to make sure your gutters are working the way they should and repair them if they are not working. At the same time you should check to see if you have a gravity sump in your yard, if you do check it and make sure it is not also clogged.

2. Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew is not uncommon and it can be identified by dank air, a musty smell and you will visually see black mold spores growing in areas such as your bathroom ceilings.

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Black Mold Remediation

Mold left unchecked can be a little nasty and cause health issues such as asthma attacks and allergic reactions.

3. Leaky Roofs

If your roof is older check for missing shingles, cracked shingles and just make sure the shingles are in good shape and not leaking. It is also a good idea to check for flashings that are not holding us as well.

Checking the roof will assure water is not getting into the drywall and insulation as this will cause rot and decay and further damage to the interior of the house.

If your roof is in the 20 year vintage and made of asphalt you will want the roof to be inspected as it is probably on its last legs. If your roof is an asphalt roof and has only one layer of shingles, you may be able to go over top of those shingles and save some time and money on the overall project. You will want to work with a professional on this and make sure your roof can absorb the extra weight.

4. Foundation Repair

Generally speaking smaller foundation cracks can be repaired with an epoxy injection and this can be done from the inside of the home, so no need for digging up the lawn and garden. At the same time scope the drainage system, make sure it is clear of blockage and tree roots and as mentioned earlier check your sump to make sure it is clear and running properly.

As you can see the above four Port Coquitlam home repairs to pay attention to will reduce your headaches if they are looked after in a timely fashion. Each one of the above repairs if left unattended will cause you problems.

  • Bathroom Renovations Port Coquitlam
  • Home Restorations Port Coquitlam
  • Kitchen Renovations Port Coquitlam
  • Painting and Drywall Port Coquitlam
  • Plumbing and Heating Port Coquitlam
  • Power Washing Port Coquitlam
  • Deck & Fence Repair Port Coquitlam
  • Upholstery & Carpet Cleaning Port Coquitlam
  • Home Repairs of all Types Port Coquitlam
  • Mold Remediation Port Coquitlam
  • Drywall Port Coquitlam
  • Odour Removal Port Coquitlam
  • Basement Renovations Port Coquitlam
  • Water Damage Repair Port Coquitlam

Total Home Services service areas include Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, Surrey, North Delta, Burnaby, Vancouver, North Vancouver and most other areas in the lower Mainland.

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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.

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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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 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.

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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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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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Water Damage Repair

Listen to Ken Hawthorne of Total Home Services as he does a quick recap on mold remediation and water damage repair that was recently done in a bathroom and surrounding area.

It was interesting to note that the homeowner had a different contractor attempt this job without success. Mold remediation and water damage repair can be tricky and it is best left to someone who is trained and has the experience to do the job.

There can be many terms relating to getting rid of mold and they may include mold removal, mold remediation, mold mitigation, mold abatement and water damage repair. Whatever you choose to call the process step one in getting rid of mold is to fix the moisture problem that’s setting the stage for its growth and testing the home for mold.

People are becoming more aware that toxic mold health issues may contain allergies, skin disorders, respiratory problems, vascular damage and wellness concerns

The mold remediation and water damage contractor you’re considering should experienced and insured. If you suspect a mold problem in your home contact Ken Bradshaw of Total Home Services. They are experienced, easy to talk to and will give you a FREE quote on the remediation if it is necessary.

You can find more information on Ken and his Company by visiting http://www.homerepairandrenovationsvancouver.com or call Ken direct at 604-808-7039.

Ken and his company are fully insured, long time members in good standing with the Better Busines Bureau and they provide full ToTal Home Services, including home renovations, water damage repair, mold remediation, smoke remediation, handyman work, home repairs of all types.

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