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You may be feeling overwhelmed as your job jar for home repairs is mounting and you would really like to give your house a face lift. In these situations we often find it is a good idea to get some of the smaller repairs done and then maybe progress into your kitchen renovations or your bathroom renovations. Regardless of your starting point it is always a good idea to talk to someone that has done this all before. Ken Bradshaw of Total Home Service is always a good bet if you want to reduce your headaches and find a manageable starting point for your Vancouver Home Repairs or your Home Improvements Vancouver. 

The transformation of a home into a dream home is one that can easily happen much quicker and easier than many people think. Along with a fairly minor expense the normal home could easily become much more than simply a house. There are a variety of methods that the average home owner can revamp their home to develop a customized area that is not only completely suited to their lifestyle, but is a discussion point for the house.

Developing an overall concept for a home is an intriguing experience and may be very rewarding if a success and heartbreaking if it isn’t. Many people spend significant time discussing matters with a decorator and others simply have the talent for detailing their spaces already. In either case, the very first thing you are going to have to arrange is the financing for your venture. If it is on a small size you may simply be able to invest in it up front. Other then that certainly there are a few equity financing choices such as the second mortgage or the home owners line of credit. Each of these options are ideal for remodellings as they come with reasonable interest rates with the loan protected by your home equity.


In terms of where to start with your renovations, think about which rooms in the home you use the most. Typically this will be the kitchen, main bathroom, and living room. One of the best ways to change the feel of the first two is to replace all the appliances and fixtures. The living room will be a bit of a different story. This space will be best served by some new furniture, art and maybe new floors.

The exterior of any home can be given new life by some landscaping and TLC for the yard. The yard will be anyone’s first impression of your home so make sure you give it the necessary attention. Tending to the gardens, lawn and driveway will add a nice scenic element to the front yard and add value to the home. Creating your perfect are is not difficult, express your creativity and increase your home’s value at the same time!

Home Improvements Vancouver

Home Improvements Vancouver

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Our service areas include: Coquiltam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey, Delta, Vancouver, North Vancouver, East Vancouver, Langley, Maple Ridge and most areas in the Lower Mainland. 


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Professional Asbestos Removal Port Coquitlam is a service in demand as many older homes are being renovated or torn down. Many of these home will have some form of asbestos in the house.  There is a real need to identify the presence of asbestos and keep families and workers safe.

In The following video Ken talks about a house in Port Coquitlam that had both mold and asbestos present.  Ken was asked to remediate the site to make it safe for the workers and the home owner.


Ken Bradshaw has over 20 years experience in restoration and  renovation of both commercial and home renovations. It is not unusual for asbestos or mold to be  found on site as a house is identified as having asbestos in some of the materials.


 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

Because Ken has many years of experience and is qualified to remediate situations such as Asbestos, Mold, and anything related to water damage. Total Home Service  is in demand to make sure finished home renovations are safe and healthy places to live in.

Safe Asbestos Removal Port Coquitlam

Asbestos Removal Port Coquitlam


 Asbestos Removal Port Coquitlam

Ken Bradshaw has over 20 years experience in restoration and  renovation of both commercial and home renovations. Ken can be found in most areas of the city and the most recent Asbestos removal was in Port Coquitlam.

“Homes built prior to 1990 can contain an invisible hazard: asbestos. This video walks you through an older home, identifying the most common places asbestos is found and highlighting the importance of proper testing and removal.”



What is asbestos?

“Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that was a popular building material from the 1950s to 1990s. It was used extensively because it is an insulator, has good fire protection properties, has tensile strength, and is resistant to chemical erosion.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to know if you’re working with asbestos because it is often mixed with other materials. However, if you work in a building built before 1990, it’s likely that at least some parts of the building will contain asbestos.”

Credit: Work Safe BC

Can You Identify Asbestos in the Home

You will be unable to identify materials containing asbestos in the house by only looking at it. In rare cases the materials will have a label identifying asbestos in the material so you have to conduct an ocular inspection. In order to truly find out if there is asbestos present in the house, you will need the help of a qualified professional. The first thing the profession will do is take samples of the material, have it analized to determine if it is positive for asbestos fibers.

Even if there is asbestos in your house, it does not mean absolute that it is a current health risk. If asbestos containing material is disturbed, damaged or in bad condition is when you should think about or removing it from your house.


Some Areas In The Home Where Asbestos Might be Found:

floor tiles
Fire Proofing
Taping Compound in Drywall Tape
Asbestos in Cement Tiles
Asbestos in Cement Pipes

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Service areas for Asbestos & Mold Removal include: Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, Langley, Surrey, Delta, Vancouver, North Vancouer, Burnaby, New Westminster and most areas in the Vancouver Lower Mainland.


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House Painters Port Coquitlam are in demand as we move into the spring and summer months.   Read on and find some important painting tips to get started on your home painting project. If you are calling for a FREE quote call us today at 604-523-2238.

You must surely understand that a new coat of paint can restore and revitalize any room in your home. Paint is known as a very affordable way to change the look of a room. The most interesting part about interior painting is that practically anyone can do it. You will just need patience, the right equipment and  a bit of know-how.

Painting Supplies – House Painters Port Coquitlam

Your supply needs may vary depending upon the type of room that you are painting and the kind of paint that you are choosing, none the less here is  here is a basic list to get you started:


After you have chosen  a color,  you will also have to pick a finish. The finish will determine how glossy the paint is going to be after it has been applied. Your choices will consist of  flat, satin, eggshell, gloss, and semi-gloss. The flat finish is harder to wipe clean and is best used  in low traffic areas that does not easily  attract dirt. The other finishes, satin, eggshell, and semi-gloss  are easier to  clean and consequently can be used almost anywhere. Gloss finish on the other hand is shiny and is best used in small areas such as trim or molding.

Good quality  paint rollers &  brushes are necessary tools and will make your job go a lot smoother. Choose a roller that has a good nap to it and you will find you can paint an entire room with it. Everybody seems to have their own preference however when it comes to brushes.  A couple of pointers brushes; small angle brushes work well  on trim and corners and a three inch flat brush or even a paint pad works for the areas where a paint roller can not reach.

House Painters Port Coquitlam

House Painters Port Coquitlam

Other Supplies

Beyond paint and applicators  you should have drop cloths, rags for cleaning, paint trays. If the walls need repair you may also need spackling, sandpaper, and a putty knife. In order to reach the trim or higher areas you will also need a good ladder.  The ladder you choose should be  sturdy and steady to support your activities on the ladder. Choose a step ladder with a wide base or a flared bottom this should help assure your safety on the ladder.

Painting Tips

The most important thing you can do while you are painting is to take your time. Steady as she goes start moving too fast and the paint job could get a little sloppy. The pre-paint prep work is very importand and you will find the painting project will go much smoother if you properly prepare prior to painting. These tips may be helpfull:

– Organizing all of your supplies before you start painting and sure that you have what you need.
– Move your furniture or protect it by covering it up.
– Use low-tack masking tape on the baseboards and trim. Take the tape off  before the paint dries.
– Be sure to paint walls before the  trim or woodwork.
– If you need a second coat apply it after the first coat has dried.

In the event you decide to use affordable professional House Painters Port Coquitlam that are easy to talk, do a good job, and show up on time than give Total Home Services a call. We are pleased to give you a FREE quote call today 604-523-2238.

You can go here if you are looking for additional information on Home Repair items such as house painting.

Sometimes as you start a house project you may run into  things such as Bathroom Mold, or a desire for additional home renovations. These are things that are best left to a professional team.

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Mold Removal
Kitchen Renovations
Total Home Services will service the following areas: Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Maple Ridge, Langley, and most areas in the Lower Mainland.

Total Home Services
953 Adair Ave, Coquitlam, BC
V3K 1C9


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Port Coquitlam Home Basement Renovations

The basement area in many homes is often a  neglected  space and is left unfinished and unlivable. If you have been putting off working on your basement, you may want to reconsider the opportunities in reclaiming this space. Take a moment and think about the potential that is just below the main floor of your home.  Just think about the extra space that finishing off your basement would provide your family and then think about the new lifestyle changes that could be realized. In today’s Real Estate market the addition of useable comfortable living space will surely pay for itself. If you are not selling in the near future you will have at least expanded your own personal space and added to the quality of lifestyle that Port Coquitlam Home Basement Renovations can help you with.

Where Do You Start?

Before beginning any basement renovations, it is necessary to inspect for water issues or foundation damage. Check the foundations floors  foundation walls, and walk around the foundation from the outside and make sure the exterior of the foundation is Ok. Check downspouts and gutters for dirt build up and make sure the water is flowing properly away from the house to keep water away from the basement. If you suspect a water or dampness problem in the basement it is really a good idea to call in Port Coquitlam Home Basement Renovation expert and have the situation reviewed. Can you imagine putting in a nice finished basement and then have it flood a short time after?

Make a plan both for the purpose of budgets but also for the requirements for servicing of the mechanical. The plumbing, insulation, waterproofing, air circulation heating and lighting should be given top priority. You may find it necessary to break up concrete for a bathroom, put in an exit door, or maybe a window. It may be necessary to install a drop ceiling if you will need access to
these systems in the future. Are you putting in a fireplace or is baseboard heating to supply the cozy warmth to your new room?

Spending the time to think through your needs and drafting a plan should be your mandatory first step. The first question that comes to mind is why are we finishing off the basment space?

Decide on use of the Finished Space

Things are simpler if you just want a family room, a place for your new billiard table or maybe even your very own office space. It is the era of large entertainment devices so maybe your dream is a new home theater. If your idea is more of an entertainment room for the family it is an easier concept to renovate on. However if you are thinking about rental revenue from a basement suite you are heading down a different path.

Building a suite will very well require plumbing, electrical, framing, finishing, and even design expertise that may even involve concrete construction. Putting in a suite will require a lot of planning to properly convert a basement into a rentable  suite. The first thing to do is figure out if it putting in a suite is a doable thing. If the suite is not practical you will want to know ahead of time before you invest in supplies and time.

If you are thinking about putting in a suite Go to your municipality and check the rules and regulations on turning a basement into a rental unit. Every municipality is different; some allow it, some don’t, and each one might have a different set of requirements for how they want it to be done properly. If a suite is on your radar make sure you visit the municipality your self. You really want to have a heads up if you are going to take this journey.

What ever your thinking it is always a good idea to get quotes and ideas from your local Port Coquitlam Home Basement professionals. Sometimes the cost of having it done right is less expensive then doing yourself and a local supplier is only a phone call away.

While you are thinking of Port Coquitlam Home Renovations or Home Repairs Total Home Services also provides the following services, in all areas of the Lower Mainland including Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Delta, Surrey, Langley and many of the outlying areas.

  • 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 and Fence Work Port Coquitlam
  • Upholstery & Carpet Cleaning Port Coquitlam
  • Home Repairs of all Types Port Coquitlam
  • Mold Remediation Port Coquitlam
  • Mould Repair
  • Water Damage Repair

If you are thinking about finishing off the basement for whatever reason, give us a call, we are easy to talk to and full of great ideas. Call Ken Bradshaw today

Total Home Services, 604-523-2238, 953 Adair Avenue, Coquitlam BC, V3K 3T9



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Fall is a great time to reflect upon the 10 Fall Home Repair Tips for Vancouver Homes; as you get ready for the coming winter months. You want to assure your own personal comfort and prevent damage to your home as you move into the colder season.

1. Call Your HVAC Mechanic

One of the first things on your list should be your heating system. It is a good time to call in your HVAC person, and have your system checked for efficiency.  If you do this you will find your furnace running more efficient, less likely to have problems and it will help with the longevity of your furnace.

 2. Have Your Gas Fireplace Checked

Your HVAC person can also check your gas fireplace, your hot water tank and make sure you have early warning systems for fire and carbon Monoxide.


10 Fall Home Repair Tips For Vancouver Homes

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 3. Check Your Attic

Check your attic for proper insulation and proper placement of your insulation especially if someone has been in the attic for repairs of some sort. While you are at it inspect the attic entrance hatch to make sure it is properly sealed.

 4. Check for Drafts

It is a good idea to check all your windows for drafts. Drafts will cause uneven heat and be a real energy waster.

 5. Clean Filters

Clean filters in air conditioners, heaters, hood fans and even clean the fridge condenser coils. Check the bathroom ceiling fan grille and make sure the dehumidifier is working

 6. Check your Hot Water Tank

Check your hot water tank for rust and any signs of leakage. Consider draining the tank and draining the water heater and clearing out any debris that has settled in the tank.


 7. Ceiling Fans

Change the direction of ceiling fans to assure they are redistributing heat from the ceiling.

 8. Repair Your Gutters

Make sure your gutters are clean and in good repair. You always want watr channeled away from your home to help against flooding.

 9. Shut off Your Outside Taps

Close your outdoor taps off from the inside, and open the outside valves. To be on the safe side you can wrap or cover the outside taps. You can buy foam caps from your hardware store if you are so inclined.

10. Your Home Insurance

If you are going on vacation make sure you have someone checking the house. You want to make sure your homeowners insurance policy is going to be valid by having your house checked while you are gone. Check your policy to be sure of what your obligations are under the policy.

Follow the 10 Fall Home Repair Tips For Vancouver Homes

If follow these tips you will be on your way to enjoying a warm dry home during our winter Vancouver weather.

Our Services

If you are considering any renovations to your home such as bathrooms, kitchens or finishing off the basement it is always a good idea to start early. Total Home Services is your one stop service centre for all of your home repairs and renovations.

  1. Water Damage Repair
  2. Mold Removal Remediation
  3. Frozen & Busted Pipes
  4. Flooded Basements
  5. Sewage Clean Up
  6. Fire Restoration
  7. Specialty Drying
  8. Home Renovations
  9. Condo Restorations
  10. Odour Removal
  11. Kitchen Renovations
  12. Bathroom Renovations

Our Service areas include, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, Burnaby, Vancouver, Delta, Surrey, and most of the Lower Mainland.

If you have any questions about the 10 Fall Home Repair Tips For Vancouver Homes and getting your home ready for winter give us a call. We are members of the BBB, have over 23 years experience and we are easy to talk to.

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Budgeting For Kitchen Renovation Coquitlam

Being sensible with your kitchen renovations Coquitlam budget is great rule as you start on your new kitchen 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 to 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 in your new kitchen renovations coquitlam.  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.

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Kitchen Renovation in Small Townhouse


Kitchen Renovations 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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The Four Port Coquitlam Home Repairs to pay attention to are 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 Pay Attention to – and Why it Matters!

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.

Four Port Coquitlam home Repairs to Pay attention to

One of the Four Port Coquitlam Home Repairs to Pay Attention To

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. Four Port Coquitlam Home Repairs To Pay Attention To are good to keep your eye on especially in the late spring and early winter. 

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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 the effects of black mold can be found here.

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

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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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.


Ken Bradshaw is a registrant in good standing with IICRC (Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and has qualified by service and examination for Certification in the following areas:

Fire & Smoke Restoration
Water Damage Restoration

Ken’s Certificate can be viewed here.

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