Meet the Host

John DeSilvia

“Johnny D” earned a degree from the Pratt Engineering School. After graduation he learned the ropes with two of the world’s leading construction firms, then took the plunge and opened his own company. 

All About John

About the show

Licensed contractor John DeSilvia comes to the rescue of distraught homeowners who have seen their homes left in shambles by the contractor they hired to fix it. Bad plumbing, shoddy framing, being structurally unsound: These are the complaints that homeowners have after hiring a bad contractor. John D steps in to make everything right, but he only has a few days in which to do it. After John and his team finish their work, these homeowners won't recognize the place.
Season 3, Episode 1

Mud Room Muck Up

Laura dreamed of adding a mud room to the back of the house. Despite a quick start to the project, she began to question the quality of the renovation when pipes began to function poorly and she was able to see through walls to the outside. After months of disappointment and diminishing funds, she had no choice but to stop work. The disaster the contractor left behind was declared unlivable by the inspector leaving Laura to wonder if she'd ever be able to enjoy a safe and functional entrance to her home. Now, John DeSilvia and his team step in to rebuild the mud room and front porch the way it should have been done from the start.

Aug 3
9am | 8c
Season 3, Episode 7

Rain Check

Not long after Carol and Davey moved in, they realized they were facing some pretty shoddy work in their brand new house. A leaky roof had them running to collect water as it poured into their living room every time it rained. Multiple contractors claimed to have fixed the problem, yet each rain, there it was again. With no hope in sight, Carol and Davey constructed a homemade, indoor gutter system to funnel the dripping water into a nearby bucket. John DeSilvia and his team of professionals take on the unstoppable leak and finally give these homeowners the peace of mind of a weather tight home.

Oct 4
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 3, Episode 13

Out of Sight Out of Mind

After giving the go-ahead to convert the laundry room into a basement bathroom for their kids, Jill and Todd were abandoned by their contractors. The incomplete work was pushed aside and the family was left with serious structural and safety risks. However, even a basement full of black sludge isn't enough to turn host John DeSilvia away from giving the family a clean and safe space.

Oct 22
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 3, Episode 12

The Mold and the Beautiful

Margaret and John were tired of sharing a bathroom with their teenagers, so they hired a contractor to create two separate bathrooms from the existing bath on the second floor. Though the new bathrooms looked nice at first, it wasn't long before problems arose. Now Margaret and her family are dealing with significant mold issues and a leak dripping down into their living room below. Host John DeSilvia is on the case and leaves this family with a repaired and revamped bathroom.

Oct 26
8pm | 7c
Season 2, Episode 4

The Case of the Construction Con-man

Barbara bought her dream home with the hopes of raising the roof on a small bedroom in the attic for her grandson. But after a con-man of a contractor worked on her house and wrecked the bedroom, she and her grandson were left helpless and with a home that could cave in on them at any moment. The construction con-man even convinced Barbara to put a bathroom in her bedroom and left a gaping hole in her floor that she could fall straight through to the kitchen. John DeSilvia steps in and repairs the roof, finishes the bedroom and makes this home the dream space Barbara always wanted.

Dec 1
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 2, Episode 5

Addition by Subtraction

Karen and Derek thought they found their dream home when they purchased a house that had a brand new two-story addition off the back. The couple did everything right and passed two home inspections, but after a rough winter that left them with icicles forming inside their home, they discovered that the contractor who sold them the house had completely taken them for a ride. John DeSilvia steps in to investigate the addition and is appalled by what he finds. The load bearing, two-story addition that Karen and Derek loved so much is supported by a foundation for a deck and needs to come down immediately. What's worse is that it's an illegal structure and JD can't rebuild it. With the help of an excavator, JD demolishes the addition and builds a new structure in its place. Will the new structure revive Karen and Derek's dream home? Or will their dreams be crushed like their addition?

Dec 1
10am | 9c
Season 2, Episode 9

Besting Asbestos

Kate and Greg hired a contractor to install a French drain and bathroom with a bathtub in their basement. When they came home to see their walls were sliced along the bottom and the contractor duct taped them back together, they quickly kicked him off the job. Now they are left with no place to bathe their son who is getting too big for the kitchen sink, and a hazardous situation with exposed wiring and insulation right at their child's eye line. JD comes to their rescue and discovers the situation is much worse than Kate and Greg thought. Not only is everything the contractor did wrong, but he also missed a glaring mistake - damaged asbestos tiles right on the laundry room floor. JD and his team leap into action and give Kate and Greg the basement of their dreams.

Dec 1
12pm | 11c
Season 4, Episode 2

What Lies Beneath

Host John DeSilvia has to work quickly to secure an extension pulling away from the original structure. It's ready to come down, and the safety of the family is in John's hands.

Dec 1
1pm | 12c
Season 4, Episode 8

Coping With a Con Man

A young couple is out of their bedroom because of water damage, leaks, and mold. Their last contractor charged them an amount of money that should have bought an entirely new roof, but instead left them with unsightly patchwork and even more water. John DeSilvia must fix the roof and give this couple an extra something to make up for the first year in their new home.

Mar 20
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 4, Episode 9

What In The Window?

John DeSilvia comes face to face with an enclosed deck and bathroom so poorly done it's almost comical. But he stops laughing when he hears how much they paid. As John peels back each layer of the deck, their home, and the bathroom, things keep getting worse. It's up to John to fix everything. It is a big job, but the homeowners will finally get the quality work for which they paid.

May 13
10am | 9c
Season 4, Episode 13

Rescue My Renovation at Blog Cabin

On this special episode of Rescue My Renovation, host John DeSilvia travels to scenic Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to lend a helping hand to Chris Grundy on Blog Cabin. So far, Grundy has totally overhauled the frame of the 1970s cabin, but now, he needs a little help with the library and Johnny D is coming to the rescue. JD plans to start by installing a double-sided fireplace and a curved wall to accent the entrance to the master bedroom. From there, it's on to wall-to-wall built-in bookshelves and a custom butcher's block worktable. It's going to be a beautiful library, but there's a lot of work to be done!

Dec 23
8am | 7c
Season 4, Episode 1

Stucco On You

Host John DeSilvia takes on a brand new house that already has severe water damage, which, among other things, is causing its brick veneer to separate from the face of the house. John has a big project ahead of him, as he will have to remove the entire front and rear façade of the house to see this through.

Jan 6
7am | 6c
Season 3, Episode 4

Damage Point

Vaughn and Stephanie had big plans for their home, so they hired a contractor to tackle multiple projects that included repairing the leaky roof, renovating the main bath and redoing the kitchen. As the contractor neared the end of the project, they began to notice the terrible quality of his work and started looking for a way out of the mess he'd created. Not long after his dismissal, the roof began leaking again and they fully realized the extent of his incompetence. Now Vaughn and Stephanie are afraid of being duped by the next contractor they hire. John DeSilvia and his team of professionals come to the rescue, repairing the roof and giving these homeowners the kitchen and bathroom they've always wanted.

Jan 19
4:30am | 3:30c

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