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Sewer Gas Smell in the Basement? Find the Culprit

October 26, 2015

Just a plumbing update today! If you have a sewer gas small in your basement, chances are you have a foundation crack in your sewer pipe. This is what it looks like.

 

 

Every time you run any water it will drain down into your drain tile and go into your sump pump pit creating the sewer gas smell in your basement. The only way to fix it is to have it dug up and repaired. Read all about how we took care of sewer gas problems at a client’s house.

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Beautiful Master Bath Remodel in Naperville, IL

New Master Bath Remodel for George & Megan Folsom in Naperville, IL

August 26, 2014

We’re remodeling George & Megan’s master bathroom which will be complete tear-out including drywall from the walls and the ceiling. We are relocating the shower where the master whirlpool tub once was. There will be no tub now in the master bathroom. We’re expanding the vanity from wall to wall where there was just a small double vanity next to the shower. The new vanity will have included his and her tower. We will be retiling the main floor and the shower, including the shower floor.

Here are a couple of shots of the master bathroom on Day 1 of the project:

Master Bath Remodel in Naperville, IL - JW Construction & Design ServiceMaster Bathroom Remodel in Progress - JW Construction & Design Services

September 1, 2014 – We installed three super slope can lights to add lighting to the shower and the toilet area. As of now the drywall has been installed and now we’re in the process of mudding the drywall. Next week, we will be installing all the tiles.

Here’s a shot of the bathroom remodel-in-progress and the can lights installed!

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Watch this space for more updates!

October 15, 2014

The Folsom bath remodel is all done. We built walk-in shower in place of the old whirlpool tub and installed a beautiful wall-to-wall vanity. Gorgeous porcelain tiles were installed on the shower walls and floor, accented by glass and stone listello and shower niche. We painted the walls in a soothing  green and installed floor tiles to complement the beautiful wall color and shower tiles. The homeowners, needless to say, are thrilled with their brand new master bath!

Here are the finished pic – Enjoy!

Bathroom Remodeling in Naperville, IL - JW Construction & Design Services

A Gorgeous Master Bathrooom in Chicago, IL - JW Construction & Design Services

Beautiful wall-to-wall vanity in a Bathroom Remodel in Naperville, IL - JW Constrution & Design Services

A stunning travertine shower with half wall and glass & stone niche in Naperville, IL - JW Construction &Design

 

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Complete Home Remodeling in Naperville, IL

JW Takes On Whole House Remodeling of a Newly-Purchased Home in Naperville, IL

July 7th, 2014

Anthony & Erin Casey of Naperville, IL contacted us through our website and have hired us to remodel several areas of their newly-purchased hime. We will be doing several remodeling jobs, such as running a gasline for a gas grill on a deck patio, installing a new bathtub and plumbing fixtures including marble tile installation for the bathtub surround and main floor in their hall bathroom. We will be painting all of the trim work indoors throughout the house including all walls and ceiling. We will be remodeling the master bathroom with a complete new design and will installing hardwood floors throughout several areas of the house and new carpeting in the other remaining rooms.

Here are pictures of the ‘before’ bath and the ongoing marble tile installation in their hall bathroom. Stay tuned in for regular updates!

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Cold Weather Plumbing Tips From Naperville Plumbing Experts

Cold Weather Plumbing Tips 

As temperature plummets and parts of the country enter a deep freeze, there are many plumbing problems that can occur and cause severe damage to your home or commercial space. Plumbing emergencies are always tragic and can create devastating damages to any building structure. However, there are several steps that you, the homeowner, can take to avoid a disaster from occurring due to the freezing cold:

1.       Keep your thermostat between 75o – 80o. Keeping warm air circulating will prevent water pipes from freezing and causing major water leaks. I understand that this tempature setting seems to be high, however understanding that your thermastat is located in one area of your house the other areas of your house are at other tempatures. We have seen pipes up to 10+ feet in a house burst. It does and can happen, so it is best to be on the safe side.

2.       Let water trickle from your faucets during night time. This will prevent water from freezing as moving water does not freeze. Keep the trickle to a minimum. Also keep sink cabinet doors open to allow the heat to fill into the cabinets.

3.       Watch for water pressure. A restricted water flow is a sign of frozen pipes. If you notice this, call a us at 630-453-3769 ASAP and we will talk you through the water meter shut off process if you do not know how to shut your water off. Also it is a good to teach everyone in the house to shut the water main down.

4.       Make sure your garden hose is disconnected before the deep freeze sets in. If left connected, ice can form and exert pressure on water lines inside the home causing pipes to burst and cause severe water damage. Most of the time you will not even know about this damage to the water line until the first time you turn on the hose.

5.       Check your water drainage from your sump pump to make sure snow is not blocking it. If there is snow blocking the drainage, water could back up and freeze in the discharge pipe causing your pump to burn out. It could also set off your battery back up system. If you have a basement and do not have a battery back up system I advise you to get one. We provide those services, if needed.

6.       Check for cold air drafts, especially in basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets.  Cold air can cause freezing. Make sure water pipes are insulated in such spaces and try to insulate the area to stop the draft.

Taking these precautions will prepare your home for the extreme cold temperature and minimize plumbing damages.

Cold Weather Plumbing Tips from Your Naperville Plumbing Experts

About Your Plumbing Experts – JW Construction and Design is a licensed Naperville plumbing company that is an expert at assembling any type of plumbing structure needed for your project. Our plumbing services include:

·         Emergency Plumbing services

·         Residential and commercial plumbing

·         Installation of new faucets, sinks, shower valves, water piping, gas lines, and water lines.

·         New drain location, and

·         Complete repiping.

CALL US AT 630-453-3769 FOR ANY EMERGENCY OF REMODELING PLUMBING NEED!!

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Master Bathroom Suite Remodel in Naperville, IL

Master Bathroom Remodel for Sue & Bob Klein of Naperville, IL

January 3, 2014

We began a complete tear out only leaving the bathtub and the drywall. We also have removed the pine doors from the internal bathroom walkin closets and the main bathroom pine door for future installation of oak doors with new oak casing, baseboard, and crown molding. This is the progres of day 1 after the tear out and clean up.

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Day 2

Today we installed all the rough electrical for the new design and bathroom layout including the warm wire to heat the future tiled floor and we also installed the pro-level over the warm wire at the end of the day before we left to make sure the floor was 100% level and all the warm wire was embedded 100% within the pro-level.

Heated Bathroom Floors Installation in Chicago - JW Construction & Design Services

Day 3

We roughed in the plumbing for the shower, durock-ed shower walls and bath tub area and began the main floor tile installation.

Day 4,

We continued the tile installation on the main floor and grouted and poured the shower base floor for future tile that will be installed on the shower floor.

Day 5, 6 & 7

We continued to tile and grout the tub area and the shower. We installed custom cabinetry provided by Stonebridge designs and installed granite on the cabinets along with the center tower on top of the granite countertop. We drilled the holed for the vessel sinks and single faucet installations along with installing the vessels and the faucets. We installed the mirrors and wall sconces above the mirrors. we also installed the new plumbing fixtures on the bathtub and shower along with installing the toilet.

Naperville Bathroom Remodel in Progress - JW Construction & Design services

Chicago Bathroom Remodel in Progress - JW Construction & Design Services

Day 10

we patched, primed and painted the ceiling and walls along with staining all the new oak doors, basebpoard, casing, and shoe and polyurethane.

Basketweave Tile Installation in Naperville - JW Construction & Design Services

Bathroom Remodeling in Naperville - JW Construction & Design Services

Day 12

We introduced the kleins to their new master suite and they are already talking about their other two bathrooms. once we are done replacing their roof this summer.

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Granite Open Bench in Naperville Shower - JW Construction & Design Services

Vanity with Vessel Sink in a Chicago Bathroom - JW Construction & Design Services

Shower Tile Installation Chicago - JW Construction & Design Services

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Spa Bathroom in Naperville, IL (Beautiful ‘After’ Pics!)

JW to build a Spa-like Master Bathroom in Naperville, IL

August 29, 2013

We’ve started work on Dan & Candice Richardson’s master bathroom. We will be removing all of the tiles throughout the bathroom. we will be removing and installing both vanities – one on each side of the tub. We will be installing travertine tiles throughout the master bathroom.

We will be enlarging the size of the sower, both in width & height, adding can lights in the cathedral ceiling, one each on side of the bath skylights and inside the shower as well. We will also install new plumbing in the shower to accomodate the homeowner’s desires for a spa-like bathroom.

Here are a couple of pictures of day 1 of tear-out.

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September 15, 2013

Today, we enlarged the shower size, by removing a vacant wall. We had found that there was a laundry shute in the vacant area. The Richardsons were OK with us removing the shute completely, which gave us the ability to expand the shower an extra 2 ft. and we removed the soffit which gave us an extra foot and a half of headroom. We installed two 4″ mini shower cans and we installed LED in the cans to increase te brigtness of the shower.

On the primary wall of the shower, we framed out a shower niche, roughly a foot and a half by 3 ft. After installing new rough plumbing fictures, we closed off the shower with permabase & waterproofed the shower prior to tile installation.

September 30, 2013

The Richardsons had picked out light walnut bucak polished travertine tile for the shower walls with the tub deck and surround along with a larger sized light walnut bucak for the floor. We used a glass mosaic for a linear inlay around the tub area and full sheet for the back of the shower niche.

October 15, 2013

We are back at the Richardsons for the finishing touches of their bathroom remodeling project. We got dark cherry cabinets installed with granite countertops, new light fictures on each side of the mirror and we purchased new mirror frames to go around the existing mirrors to give it a brand new look. We will be posting pictures of the new bathroom soon.

November 5, 2013

We’re finally at the Richardson residence to take photos of their “new” master bathroom. Dan and Candice have now decided to remodel their hall bathroom. We’re now in the process of going over the fine details of the material tat is going to be installed. Stay tuned in as we start blogging the Richardsons’ hall bathroom remodeling project.

Enjoy the pics!

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Tile Installation in Naperville, IL - JW Construction & Design Services

Bathroom Remodeling in Chicago, IL - JW Construction & Design Services

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Bathroom Sanctuary for a Naperville, IL Couple

JW to Build a Bathroom Sanctuary for a Naperville, IL Couple

April 27th, 2013

This is a new project that JW Construction and Design is taking on. It’s a master bathroom for Dave & Phyllis of Naperville, IL where we’ll be removing the tub, the shower, and the toilet and relocating the toilet, tub, and increasing the shower for new spa-like bathroom. We will be installing super slope can lights in the ceiling – one that will be directly centered above the master shower and above the toilet. We will also be installing an ultra-quiet exhaust fan. A new Airjet tub will be installed in approximately the same location as the old tub.

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April 30th, 2013

We have removed one vanity for our new location of the toilet. The bathroom will now only have one vanity. Travertine tile will be installed throughout the shower, the main floor, the tub deck, and backsplash the walls. Here is a picture of the 12X20 inch floor tile installation work-in-progress.  We will post more pictures of our progress later this week.​

Bathroom Tile Installation - JW Construction & Design Services

 

 

 

May 8, 2013

Just a quick update of last week from Dave & Phyllis of Naperville. Their shower panliner was installed with the rough plumbing consisting of showerhead, one handheld, and two body sprays. The tub was cracked and we’re waiting on the tub, so we built the tub deck and installed permabase on the shower walls and main floor. In the shower, we seal-proofed all the permabase on the walls by siliconing all the seam lines and protecting it by painting Proshield on the permabase. We installed 12X20 inch tiles on the main floor in a brick pattern and a porcelain 13X 13 inch tile straight pattern on the shower walls. On the main water wall, we installed a picture frame around all the plumbing fixtures. Updated photos of this week’s work will be posted soon.

May 14, 2013

The bathroom remodel is progressing really well. We’ve finished tile installation on the shower walls, shower floor, tub surround, and the bathroom floor. Here are some photos of the bathroom progress.

Shower Tile Installation  - JW Construction & Design Services

 

Water Feature Wall in Naperville, il - JW Construction & Design ServicesJune 15, 2013

We are ready to unveil the new bathroom that we built for Dave & Phyllis. The homeowners are ecstatic and so are we.

 

Master Bath Remodel in Naperville, IL - JW Construction & Design Services

 

Shower Tile Installation in Naperville, IL - JW Construction & Design Services

 

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Master Bathroom Remodel Project in Aurora, IL with Heated Floors & Gorgeous Jinshan Bone Travertine

JW Takes on a Master Bathroom Remodel Project in Aurora, IL with Heated Floors & Gorgeous Jinshan Bone Travertine

April 17th, 2013

We’ve taken up a Stonebridge Design’s master bathroom update for Mr. & Mrs. Forbes of Aurora, IL.  The homeowners  are remodeling their master bathroom to update the design and improve the functionality of the space. We will be removing the bathtub and vanities and installing a new shower its place, increasing the shower size. We will be installing warm wire for heated floors underneath the tile.

Here is a picture of the ‘before’ space. Updated pics will be posted soon. This is not a JW project – it’s a Stonebridge Design’s project. Since it’s not our project, the remodel will be slower than usual/normal and we’ll be in and out during the course of the project.

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April 22nd, 2013

We installed the durock on the main floor and on the shower walls and poured the shower floor base. We siliconed all the seam lines of the shower in preparation for tile. The bathroom is now ready for tile installation. We also laid warm wire to heat up the floor – perfect for those cold, chilly Chicago winter mornings. Here are a couple of a pictures of the bathroom remodel-in-progress.

Heated Floor Install in a Bathroom Remodel in Aurora, ILMaster Bathroom Remodeling Aurora, IL - JW Construction & Design Services

Bathroom Remodel Aurora, IL - JW Construction & Design Services

April 25th, 2013

We installed an 18X 18 travertine Jinshan Bone travertine tile on a 45 degree angle on the main floor with a Jinshan Bone 12×18 inch subway brick pattern on the lower half of the shower walls. We separated the top half of the shower with a linear durand separator and above we installed a Jinshan Bone subway mosaic, pillow-block, bordering it and capping it off with a durand. On the back wall, we installed a picture frame using barnes. We used a glass slate listello with a 6×6 slate 45 degree insert and we used slate 2X2 mosaic for the shower floor.

A Jinshan Bone threshold was used for the step into the shower and to cap off the knee wall. A solid slab of Jinshan Bone was used for the bench seat. Pictures to be updated soon.

May 1st, 2013

Tile installation is complete for this project, grouted and sealed. The custom vanities have been installed with granite tops, undermount sinks, with oil-rubbed bronze Moen plumbing fixtures. Wall paper was added on the vanity wall with wrought-iron mirrors with matching lights. The warm wire works very well and the customer is very pleased with the new outcome and design of his master bathroom. Here are the pictures – Enjoy!

We’re  looking forward to viewers’ feedback!

Master Bathroom Remodeling Aurora, IL - JW Construction & Design Services

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JW Delivers Peace of Mind to Homeowners in Lombard, IL

Homeowners Save Money & Gain Peace of Mind in a Bathroom Remodel Project

March 4, 2013

This bathroom remodeling project was handed over to JW Construction & Design by Amici Stone of Addison, IL. There’s quite a story behind this project. The homeowners, Terry & Maria Koch of Lombard, IL were being overcharged by another home remodeling company for their bathroom remodel. They homeowners had paid the other company a very large sum of money (full payment) upfront, in cash, for the bathroom remodeling project and were denied the money back. Once,  JW Construction & Design took over the project, Jay Willans, the owner of JW Construction & Design, learnt about this. Not only did he get every penny back for Terry & Maria, JW was also able to complete the entire project, with material and labor, for half the price that the other company was charging them.

The Koch bathroom was a typical builder-grade bathroom stuck in the 1980s. This is what the bathroom looked when we took over the project.

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March 6, 2013

Today, we ripped out the tiles, drywall, tub, vanity, and the toilet. We installed a new tub, installed permabase on the shower walls and the bathroom floor. We finished installing tiles on the floor at a 45 degree angle and prepped the shower for tile installation. All the rough plumbing for the shower was completed. We will continue with the remodeling work tomorrow. Check this space for fresh updates. Here are a couple of pics from the bathroom remodel in-progress.

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March 10, 2013

We’ve come a long way in the Koch household! We’ve tiled the shower with beautiful travertine subway tiles in different styles. We’ve also built an inset  with glass & travertine mosaic tiles. We will be installing the vanity and toilet soon. Here are a few pics from the Koch household.

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