The weather in Des Moines can be extreme with cold, harsh winters with a lot of snow and summers that are hot and humid. This type of weather can cause foundation problems in your home or business in Des Moines, IA. Foundation problems are caused by the soil that is beneath the foundation. The variations in the moisture content of the soil will cause problems due to the following situations:

  • Hydrostatic Pressure: As the soil surrounding your home absorbs water it will put hydrostatic pressure on the foundation causing it to shift and move.
  • Soil shrinkage: During dry, drought-like conditions, the soil will shrink beneath the foundation causing voids beneath the foundation causing the foundation to sink into these voids.
  • Erosion: When soil is washed away during time of extreme rainfalls or melting snow, voids will form beneath the foundation causing the foundation to sink and settle.
  • Poor soil compaction: If the soil was not properly compacted at the time of construction, this will cause the soil to be loose and it will cause movement beneath the foundation.

Foundation settlement can lead to structural damage throughout the entire structure. Some of the signs to look for that may indicate a foundation problem are:

  • Ceiling cracks
  • Floor cracks
  • Wall cracks
  • Sloping or uneven floors
  • Bowed or leaning walls
  • Leaning chimney

If you notice any of these signs that you may have a foundation problem, it is important to contact an experienced foundation repair contractor that can come and inspect your home and see if you are in need of foundation repair.


If the contractors at My Foundation Repairs find that you are in need of foundation repair, we will offer you the best solution for your foundation repair. My Foundation Repairs uses only the best products for foundation repair. These products are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in foundation repair products in the industry.

We use ECP underpinning products such as steel push piers and helical piers to lift and stabilize a failing foundation. These underpinning products are installed deep into the ground through the unstable soil until they reach a solid soil layer. Then each pier is individually load tested then the entire weight of the structure is lifted onto the piers to get your foundation back to its original level and stabilized again.

For bowing or leaning walls, ECP helical tiebacks and plate anchors are used to pull the wall back to its original level. Helical tiebacks are installed by drilling a small hole into the interior wall then with small excavation on the exterior, the rod is installed and tightened to pull the wall level again. These helical tiebacks will also strengthen the wall so that it won’t bow or lean in the future.

Don’t let the signs of a foundation problem be ignored. The longer the problem exists, the more structural damage that will be done throughout your home. Let the experienced foundation repair contractors at My Foundation Repairs inspect your home and repair your foundation with the best products for foundation repair.

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