Black Mold

If you have had water damage one of your objectives is to prevent the growth of black mold.

If you’ve ever been in a situation where black mold starts to form on any of the walls within your home,  you’ll know how upsetting this can be and how it can have a detrimental effect on your health and even the future sale of the property.

What causes black mold to form?

This could happen due to a lack of ventilation and a build up of mositure or there may have been a water spill that was never correctly rectified.

Mold forms when there are high levels of moisture and especially if the property is warm on the inside and temperatures are cold on the outside. The walls start to sweat and gather moisture and this leads to dampness.

When the areas eventually dry out, there’s usually a dark green and black color present and this is the start of mold caused by the growth of fungus, which should be treated instantly, as it can have effects on your general health.

What are the health risks of black mold?

The most commen reported health problems with the unwanted black mold are chesty coughs, headaches, migranes, rashes, sinus problems, constant sneezing bouts and respiratory and breathing problems, so if you suffer from asthma then, it’s absolutely vital to get the black mold removed at the earliest opportunity.

In more severe cases of there can be toxic emitted from the black mold called Strachybotrys Atra, which attacks the lungs and can have serious effects on very young or elderly people.

Once you’ve located the exact area of the mold, all areas of exposure to the fungus should be protected – eyes nose and hands. Using bleach is one way to attack the fungus and kill the mold and there are specific paints which have agents for mold removal. If you are considering doing it yourself be sure to review your process very carefully make sure your skin in protected, the areas are well ventilated and you have very carefully researched your process.

A safer more reliable method course of action would be to hire a professional who is trained in mold remediation.
I hope you found this article useful. If you require any further details regarding the safe removal of black mold you can visit the website at or Call Ken at Total Home Services 604-808-7039.

Watch “On The Job Video” in respect to Bathroom mold.

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Water Damage Restoration

If you’re looking for the latest details on water damage restoration you may find this  article to be just what you have been looking for.

If you’ve ever experienced water damage to your property then, you’ll know  about the feelings of despair and the panic that normally sets in and you probably don’t really know which way to turn.

What to do in the event of water damage?

The first thing to do is assess the damage of to your property and the extent of the overall damage. Hiring a professional company to carry out the removal  of the water damaged goods and restore the property to it’s original condition is essential. When using such a company it’s important that they are proven in their field and have some form of certification like the IICRC who are a recognized body for water damage restoration.       

There are general guidelines for procedures to carry out a rigorous examination of the affected property and document all the affected items including structural damage and any cross water contamination. Once these details have been sorted the appropriate details can then be submitted to your insurance company and loss adjuster.

What is the procedure of water damage restoration?

The first thing is to remove all of the affected items from the property and get rid of any excess water using the appropriate water sensing equipment for the safe and quick removal of the water. There is a good chance you may also require sanitization.

The affected areas must be made good by way of air drying equipment like scrubbers and dehumidifiers. This equipment is usually left for a few days in order for the drying process to work efficiently.

Now the replacement of any drywall, timbers, floorboards and cabinets can take place and this is were things start to take shape and you begin to get your house back.

 The final piece in the jigsaw and the happiest part is the new materials like wallpaper, paint, decor, carpets and furniture and once this is all in place it will be such a relief that, you’ve finally got your property back after this horrible inconvenience.

I hope you found this article helpful. If you require any further information regarding water damage restoration and mold remediation you can visit the website at

If you have questions on “Water Damage Restorations” Call Ken at 604-808-7039

Water damage Service areas include: Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, New Westminster, Surrey, Langley and Maple Ridge.

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Standard Drywall

Standard drywall is use for residential walls and ceilings.  It is available in a variety of sizes such as  ¼ ,3/8,1/2 and 5/8 inch thicknesses and  from 8 to 16  feet long. If wall studs are 16 inches on center they would be covered with a ½ inch drywall. Walls with studs 24 inches on center should be covered with 5/8 inch sheets.

Existing wall surfaces (including plaster) will be covered with a layer of ¼ or 3/8 inch drywall. Normally ceilings are covered with 5/8 inch sheets, but ½ inch sheets may be used if the joists are 16 inches on center.

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Water-Resistant Drywall

W/R or Water-Resistant Drywall is the type of drywall used in bathrooms, laundry rooms, and areas where there may be high humidity. Water – Resistant Drywall comes with a green paper facing. This is done to  distinguish it from standard drywall.

Fire-Rated Drywall

Fire-Rated Drywall is used where codes require a specified fire rating.  Type X (5/8) inch thick) may often be used on residential ceilings. Fire–Rated Drywall may also be required in furnace rooms and garages.

If you have dry-walling projects call Ken Today at 604-523-2238.


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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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Black Mold

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Black Mold

Black mold is a fungus or yeast that grows in wet areas of the home like showers or walls.  It can grow on drywall and insulation and can infest areas in the floors, walls and ceilings.  It can grow on anything porous, that is, anything permeable by water.  Black mold is usually a sign of a deeper underlying problem, such as water damage or defective ventilation and is commonly found inside of walls, which makes it difficult for the average person to detect.

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Black Mold Remediation

Black Mold can cause health problems in humans as it releases toxic spores into the air.   It is a potent toxic and can affect you and your family’s health negatively. It may cause a number of serious health problems and if left untreated  it can spread throughout the house.  Some of the health problems may include headaches, irritated skin, watery eyes, fatigue and respiratory problems.

Black mold is commonly found in homes that have experienced significant water damage.  It is important to note that Black Mold removal is not regulated like asbestos but it is necessary to remove it if you want to preserve a good and healthy indoor environment.

If you suspect you may have a Black Mold problem you would be well advised to call in an expert.  Call Ken today. Ken and his team are qualified to remove Black Mold and make your home environment healthy again. Call Ken at 604-808-7039.

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New Kitchen Cooking

If a Kitchen renovation is part of your 2011 household budget you will be glad to know that Kitchen renovations are one of the the most frequently occurrng home renovations and can be one of the most satisfying .

Kitchen make overs are often described as a really nice lifestyle change, as the kitchen becomes more efficient and a much more pleasant place to be. You might even take up entertaining again or you might develop an new found interest in gourmet cooking.

Remodelling a Kitchen is not that difficult to map out and it is  generally well worth every single effort it takes to get the task done. You may find the whole process untidy and even intimidating but experienced kitchen designers and craftsmen can really lighten the work load and could become much more fun than you realized.

The key thing is to take it one step at a time. With the materials on the market today you will find a broad range of price points and finishes to choose from. The hardest part is taking the first step.

If you are in this Situation cal Ken Bradshaw today. Ken will guide you through the process and if you decide it is something you are going to do Ken will be with you all the way. Call Ken today at 604-523-2238.

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