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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 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.

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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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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.

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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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 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.

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Bathroom Renovations

No doubt about it.  People are spending more time in the bathroom today.  bathroom renovationsIt’s not a supporting player anymore.  The old ‘necessary room’ has become a popular star in it’s own right.

There’s just something magical about it.  More and more the bathroom is become a place where family members retreat to not just for the necessity of bathing and grooming but also more extensive grooming, storage and just to luxuriate in style and privacy. You can see why Bathroom Renovations are all the rage.

There was a time when ultra comfortable bathrooms were the domain only of the rich, but today well planned bathroom renovations are found in homes of all sizes and price points.  Current estimates suggest that people upgrade or renovate their bathrooms approximately every 18 years.

In fact, recent industry data tells us that bathroom renovations still rank in the top five of home remodeling projects (just ahead of kitchen renovations).

Remodeling a bathroom will take some planning.  Because sometimes bathrooms are a little smaller, you have to be careful that ample thought goes into any changes you make.

Bathroom Renovations Who does the work?

Some bathroom renovations can be done by the homeowner if they have the skills and tools.  Other, more extensive and complex bathroom renovation jobs require professional tradesmen.  If significant design work is involved it’s also possible to employ your designer or architect to supervise the job but expect to pay a fee for this service.

Probably your best bet nowadays, because home remodeling has become a pretty mature industry is to find one of the professional, well establish remodeling contractors who provide full service from design to completion.  In the long run, when you add in the value of your time and peace-of-mind in knowing it’ll be done right……you’re probably better of doing it this way.

OK…but what are some of the more exciting trends in bathroom design today?

Here’s a few quick, easy inexpensive things you can probably do yourself:

New lighting fixtures are very inexpensive and look like they’re worth a lot more than they usually cost.  Mirrors are also easy to install. Relatively inexpensive and add a whole new dimension to your bathroom.

And similarly, modular flooring squares are readily available in a wide variety of styles and make a dramatic change in the overall appearance of the bathroom.

New handles, hardware, sinks, tubs and the exciting new ‘rain shower head’ are not difficult to put in if you’re handy with basic tools.

Other jobs however, although very functional and attractive, are a little harder for a do-it-yourselfer.  You’ll probably need to hire somebody to enjoy these kinds of bathroom renovations.

People are adding additional storage space (i.e. shelves, niches, cabinets, etc.), enlarging windows, adding spas and steam rooms, skylights, floor drains (long a very popular and common item in foreign countries), and newer, better ventilation.

Another interesting trend is that people are giving the commode a space of it’s own by either walling it off  or even putting it in it’s own small room.  This of course opens the bathroom up to even more ‘dual usage’.

Possibly the most jazzy thing going on in bathroom remodeling is that it’s getting hi-tech.  Toilets are going very ‘Star-Trek’ lately..with all kinds of electronic functions.  Also, bathrooms are getting wired for high quality sound…people like to boogie-in-the-bathroom and sing in the shower.

Bathroom renovation may cost a little but more and more people think it’s worth it.  Depending on the scope of the job, don’t expect the average job to be something you’ll do on a weekend.  The average bathroom renovation job will take a little time.  The good news is that it’ll create a whole new, positive aura around what’s already a very emotional experience.

If you are thinking of a bathroom Renovation and you need expert advice Call Ken at Total Home Services 604-808-7039. Ken makes the whole daunting process look easy!

Ken Services: Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, New Westminster, Port Moody, Surrey, and surrounding areas.

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