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Foundation Repair & Basement Waterproofing in Des Moines, IA

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Des Moines, IA Local Office

Foundation Recovery Systems

2401 SE Creekview Dr.
Ankeny, IA 50021
(515) 373-8491

Hours of Operation

Monday – Thursday: 6 am – 8 pm
Friday: 6 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 7 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm

Award Winning Solutions in Des Moines

Providing Basement Waterproofing, Foundation Repair, Crawl Space Encapsulation and Concrete Lifting services to the Des Moines area. Our certified inspectors provide a thorough inspection of your home to determine the issue whether it is a leaking basement or failing foundation.

THE FOUNDATION RECOVERY SYSTEMS PROCESS

Schedule Free Inspection


One of our contact center representatives will reach out to you to determine your problem and set the best time for one of our certified field inspectors to visit your home.

Consult with our certified inspector


Our certified field inspector will visit your home to observe the problems in your home and inspect other areas of your home that may have been impacted.

Installation of customized solutions


Our professional production crew installs patented, American-made solutions in each home with care and strives to leave the area better than we found it.

WHY HOMEOWNERS CHOOSE FOUNDATION RECOVERY SYSTEMS

Foundation Recovery Systems, founded in 1992, is a subsidiary of Groundworks, a family of companies that offers superior, proven solutions for your foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, dehumidification, and concrete lifting needs.  We provide services throughout Missouri, eastern Kansas, northern Arkansas, and southern Iowa, and we operate out of four offices in Lee’s Summit, Moberly, Springfield, and St Louis.

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Basement Waterproofing in Des Moines, Iowa

Compared to other soil types, the silty-clay loam in Des Moines is far more stable than others around the country. Structural stability is provided by using this sort of soil. Although summer thunderstorms and excessive humidity can lead to a “clay bowl” effect around the basement of your home, this is not always the case. The Clay Bowl effect can signify that your soil is saturated with water and is pooling around your home’s foundation. Standing water and mold growth is certain if this water seeps into the basement of your home, where it will only worsen if ignored.

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Foundation Repair in Des Moines, Iowa

Fortunately, the silty-clay loam found in Des Moines is ideal for constructing a home’s foundation and offers structural stability. However, the frequent thunderstorms and high humidity in the summer can create hydrostatic pressure around the foundation of your Des Moines home. This means that the soil has become saturated with water, and water is now pushing against the foundation. This water will eventually make its way inside the foundation, weakening and affecting various structures in your home, creating bowing walls, drywall nail pops, and floor and wall gaps

winter crawl space protection

Crawl Space Encapsulation & Repair in Des Moines, Iowa

The soil in Des Moines is known as silty-clay loam, which is expansive and easily compacted when wet. The weather in the area is occasionally dry; however, the summers are stormy and rainy. The freeze-thaw rate in the area also contributes to damage that can occur to your Des Moines crawl space, as the soil becomes unstable during the process. Because of the various types of weather your Des Moines home can experience, encapsulating your crawl space can protect it from the elements and water damage. Crawl space encapsulation can prevent mold, excess humidity, and can even prevent high electricity bills.

Concrete Lifting in Des Moines, Iowa

The silty-clay loam in Des Moines can easily support your concrete; however, this does not mean that problems – such as cracking and unevenness – will not occur. Over time, your concrete can deteriorate because of the heavy Iowa rainfall and stormy periods. As your concrete is exposed to the elements, it will lead to problems like flaking, pitting, and staining. Repairing the concrete around your Des Moines home is very important to prevent accidents for your guests, as they are more likely to trip and fall on damaged concrete.

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Ames, IA

Ames, is known for its humid climate and problematic soils. Coupled together, these factors can wreak havoc on your home. While none of us can control the weather or all the soil around your house, we can control how your home stands up to these environmental challenges. Repairing any foundation, basement, crawl space, or concrete […]

Ankeny, IA

As a resident of Ankeny, you’re no doubt familiar with the area’s humidity. Not only do we feel its effects, but our homes also do, as well. Excessive humidity in a property can lead to problems including condensation, mold growth, poor air quality, sagging floors, and foundation damage. All these issues can be detrimental to […]

Basement Waterproofing

A wet, moldy basement is more than just a nuisance. Your family and the rest of your home can suffer as well. Trust the experts at Foundation Recovery Systems for a thorough inspection and reliable repairs.

Cedar Falls, IA

As a resident of Cedar Falls, you’re no doubt familiar with the area’s humidity. Not only do we feel its effects, but our homes also do, as well. Excessive humidity in a property can lead to problems including condensation, mold growth, poor air quality, sagging floors, and foundation damage. All these issues can be detrimental […]

Cedar Rapids, IA

Cedar Rapids, is known for its humid climate and problematic soils. Coupled together, these factors can wreak havoc on your home. While none of us can control the weather or all the soil around your house, we can control how your home stands up to these environmental challenges. Repairing any foundation, basement, crawl space, or […]

Foundation Repair

It’s important for the foundation of your Des Moines home to be structurally sound. Keep an eye out for various foundation problems and trust their repair to the professional team at Foundation Recovery Systems.

Iowa City, IA

Homeowners like you in Iowa City, are no strangers to foundation damage and water and moisture management issues. While these problems are all too common throughout the area, that doesn’t mean you have to live with them. Foundation and water damage is not only unsafe, but unhealthy to you and your family. Fixing these problems […]

Marion, IA

Getting a handle on foundation wall cracks and a leaking basement or crawl space is important for every homeowner in Marion. The area’s often wet weather can saturate problematic soils around your home. This can lead to issues such as foundation settlement, wall cracking and bowing, leaks or flooding, high humidity, and mold growth. All […]

Urbandale, IA

Homeowners like you in Urbandale, are no strangers to foundation damage and water and moisture management issues. While these problems are all too common throughout the area, that doesn’t mean you have to live with them. Foundation and water damage is not only unsafe, but unhealthy to you and your family. Fixing these problems once […]

About Waterproofing, Crawl Spaces & Foundation Repair in Des Moines

Have you ever looked at mold and wonder why it gives you such an icky feeling? It’s probably because our body knows that it’s harmful. You may not know this, but mold poses a serious threat to our health. Short-term exposure to mold causes irritation in the eyes, skin, throat, and nose. These symptoms can be much more severe if you have a weak immune system.

Long-term exposure to mold can lead to permanent damage to the respiratory system. Mold causes this much harm because mold is a microorganism that survives on organic matter. Human beings are completely organic, so mold has no problem making us itch as it feasts upon our skin. If you have a basement or crawl space that doesn’t have any waterproofing solutions put into place, there’s a good chance that there is mold down there. Even if you don’t see it or you don’t head into your foundation very much doesn’t mean that it doesn’t affect you.

Because of the stack effect, 50% of the air in your home comes from your basement or crawl space. The mold spores in the foundation get brought up and the members of the household breathe it in. To protect yourself and your loved ones, waterproofing the foundation is crucial. Without keeping the humidity levels under control, mold could grow at any time and silently make its way into your respiratory system. The best tool for the job would be our Foundation Recovery Systems dehumidifier, which is capable of taking in 100 pints of water a day.

Wood rot in a crawl space is a result of moisture and humidity problems. The wood gets infected with fungi that eats away at it and weakens the structure to the point that it can no longer support the floorboards. When the floor joists in your crawl space are rotting, there is a brief window in which you can save the wood and conserve it instead of getting brand new floorboards, but you have to act fast. Before the wood rot advances too much, you need to do something about it. Diagnosis always precedes treatment, so learning the signs will allow you to protect your floor joists and spend less money on repairs.

The best way to spot early problem signs is to head down into your crawl space and look for visual cues. Take a look at the floor joist and see if you can spot any discoloration on the wood. White, green, black, and gray stains are all common signs of fungal infection. Some forms of wood rot, like dry rot, will leave a layer of spores along the surface, so any red or green dust particles you see could just be spores. Other forms of wood rot don’t discolor the wood at all and instead create a pattern along the wood that resembles termite damage.

With a pencil, stab a piece of the wood, and if it’s soft, it is infected with wood rot. Other forms of wood rot might not make the joist soft and will instead deteriorate to the point where it is extremely brittle. Outside of the crawl space, you can tell when something is wrong with your floor joists if your floor is bouncy or uneven. This does indicate that the wood rot has advanced significantly, but the wood can still be saved up to this point. Even the joist does not need to be replaced, it can always be assisted by IntelliJack™, a crawl space support jack.

Interior perimeter drainage is one of the most important parts of a waterproof foundation. Many homeowners focus on just getting rid of standing water in their basement, but a lot more than that is needed to keep a foundation healthy. An excess amount of groundwater surrounding your foundation can lead to hydrostatic pressure, foundation settling, and excess amounts of moisture in a basement. While a sump pump can drain the groundwater that surrounds a foundation, it can’t cover every single side. An interior drainage system that runs along the perimeter of the foundation needs to be placed in order to handle the groundwater the sump pump is not in position to deal with.

At Foundation Recovery Systems, we offer the homeowners of Des Moines, IA BasementGutter™, a reliable interior drainage solution. The BasementGutter™ drain pipe is placed inside a trench that runs along the perimeter of the basement. After installation, the trench is covered up and the floor is left looking completely untampered with. The reason the drain pipe is placed there is because it’s the best position for the drain to collect groundwater that flows into the basement. The wall-floor joist is one of the most vulnerable parts of a basement, which is why many homeowners have flooding problems with water that comes from this specific area.

From this position, the drain is also capable of collecting moisture that runs along the wall, a useful feature if you have problems with a leaky window or water vapor. It also works incredibly well with a vapor barrier, since the plastic sheet can help guide the water down to the interior drain. BasementGutter™ can connect to the basement’s sump pump so that all the water collected gets drained out properly. An interior perimeter drain is more affordable than traditional exterior drains because it doesn’t require excavation. All in all, there’s no reason not to get an interior perimeter drain given all the benefits it provides.

Concrete slab settling cannot be completely avoided in the same way you avoid breaking other things in your home. No matter how much you take care of your slab, there will always be some sort of settling going on. This is because soil will always get displaced in one way or another, whether we want it to or not. Still, there are certain measures that can be taken in order to slow down concrete settling and prolong the lifespan of the concrete. The trick is to prevent exposure to water and snow as much as possible.

For certain areas of the house, this might be difficult. If you have a pool deck, it will be nearly impossible to keep the area dry unless you simply don’t use the pool at all. Driveways, on the other hand, can be protected with a driveway cover. If you can’t have it up the entire year, try to use it during the winter. Winter can be extremely harsh on concrete and the soil underneath it, because of all the moisture and the damage from the freeze-thaw effect.

Soil erosion is a slow process, but it can actually happen pretty quickly in certain areas of the home, like near slabs that are right next to the soil in your garden. Planting foliage right next to the concrete slab’s edge will provide the soil with enough cover to slow down the soil erosion process. Last but not least, the best way to avoid severe settling is by recognizing the signs and getting repairs done early.

PolyRenewal™ is a repair method that is used to lift settling concrete. The concrete in question settled because the soil underneath it eroded and shifted, causing the concrete structure to become uneven. So, PolyRenewal™ looks to fix that problem by injecting polyurethane foam underneath the slab. The foam expands and fills the gaps left behind by the soil until there is also enough foam to lift the structure back into place. Once cured, the polyurethane becomes the support the concrete needs to stay even.

Polyurethane foam is usually associated with softer materials since it’s the material used to make sponges. However, the closed-cell polyurethane used for concrete lifting is different from the open-cell polyurethane. Closed-cell polyurethane is dense, firm, and impermeable once it has cured. It has a compression strength of 7,200 psf, and despite its density, it only weighs 4 to 6 pounds per cubic meter. Being a lightweight substance has its advantages when it comes to avoiding further disruption of the soil.

The entire process can be done in a few short hours, depending on the size of the job, and in the end, your concrete looks newly poured. PolyRenewal™ can be used on any concrete slabs or concrete steps on your property. Because the device used to inject the foam is small, PolyRenewal™ can repair concrete just about anywhere. PolyRenewal™ can even lift slabs that have cracked, but it can’t repair structures with multiple broken pieces.

Our Service Areas

Des Moines Location

2401 SE Creekview Dr.
Ankeny, IA 50021

Kansas City Location

7280 NW 87th Terrace, Suite C-210
Kansas City, MO 64153
(816) 774-1539

Lee's Summit Location

211 SE State Route 150
Lee's Summit, MO 64082
(816) 774-1539

Moberly Location

1401 US-24
Moberly, MO 65270
(660) 202-8662

Springfield Location
1820 N Barnes Ave
Springfield, MO 65803
(417) 612-8286
St. Louis Location

1625 Larkin Williams rd.
Fenton, MO 63026
(314) 207-9995