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Des Moines Professional Dirt Excavating: Xtreme Dirt is experienced with excavation of both commercial, municipality and residential buildings in a full range of sizes and complexity. We specialize in challenging jobs, attached and/or adjoined buildings, and/or short project timelines.


Before performing any excavation within the City of Des Moines limits, we call Iowa One-Call System, which is a twenty-four hour service network system established to prevent contractors from hitting any existing utility lines when digging. This system notifies all utilities of impending excavations. We call the Iowa One-Call System when digging in the State of Iowa, but outside the city limits of Des Moines.


We own a full range of trucks which allows us to haul away excavated material in the most cost effective and timely manner. All necessary transportation permits are obtained and displayed.

Des Moines Xtreme Dirt maintains ongoing relationships with major landfills, transfer stations, and scrap yards for legal and prompt disposal and recycling of all excavated materials.


As an excavation contractor with years of professional experience, we are only aiming to offer high-quality services to our customers. We provide a wide range of services, including grading, site clearing, demolition services, and much more. With grading excavation, we use high-quality equipment like Bobcat loaders, bulldozers, and excavators to grade the land and a dedicated workforce to ensure that we are only delivering excellent service to our customers. While we have high-quality services, we also offer competitive prices. We employ only the most experienced and skilled workers to ensure that your project is completed on time, within budget, and to the highest industry standards.

Excavating Services


    • Equipment

    • Excavators of All Sizes

    • Bobcat Services

    • Mini Excavation

    • Doosan Excavation

    • Combination Backhoes

    • Skid Steers

    • Bulldozers

    • Crawler Loaders

    • Compaction Equipment

    • Large Variety of Attachments


  • Full Contractor Service Available

    • Plumbing

    • Electrical

    • General

  • Sewer and Water

  • Demolition

  • Grading

  • Foundations

  • Basements

  • Drainage

Types of our Excavating Services

  • Basement Excavation

  • Site Preparation and Land Clearing

  • Demolitions – Houses, Buildings

  • Weeping Tile Excavation

  • Plumbing & Sewer Backups

  • Digging Services for Ponds

  • Swimming Pool & Pond Removal

  • Trenching and Backfilling

  • Asphalt Breaking

  • Concrete Breaking and Removal

  • Compaction and Drainage

  • Emergency Site Work

  • Environmental Cleanup Services

  • Excavation for Pools

  • Excavation Services for Subdivisions

  • Sub Grade and Slab on Grade Prep

  • Excavating for Utilities

  • Site Services – Water, Storm, Sewer

  • Residential and Commercial Excavating

  • Slope Stabilization

  • Stream Restoration Services

  • Stump Excavation and Tree Removal

  • Storm Drainage Installation/Repair

  • Retaining Walls (Rock and Lock Blocks)

  • Landscaping, Grading

  • Retaining Walls (Rock and Lock Blocks)

  • Yard & Property Maintenance


Whether you need your site prepared, graded, or trenching performed, Des Moines Xtreme Dirt has the equipment and professional team members to provide you with quality results and get your site prepared quickly. Our crew is experienced and we keep regularly maintained equipment to ensure your job is performed to your specifications so your project can move forward as quickly as possible.

Excavation Work

Excavation work can involve preparing a site for construction, digging trenches, providing residential and commercial foundations, and anything from cellars to highways. Excavation work takes a good amount of initial planning to ensure the job site and workers are safe and the project is performed according to OSHA guidelines. Following these guidelines ensures everyone is protected and the job is performed with quality results.

Trench Excavation

Trench excavation is among the most hazardous construction operations that can be performed. You can rest assured that Xtreme Dirt has the knowledge, experience, equipment, and certifications to ensure your trench excavation is performed safely and efficiently. We provide safe access and protective systems to ensure the safety of all workers involved. We consider many factors when conducting trench excavations such as soil classification, depth of cut, the water content of the soil, changes due to weather, and other operations in the vicinity. We conduct routine inspections to ensure the trench site is safe for continued work.

Commercial Excavation Des Moines, IA

Commercial site work and site preparation are two distinct but related services that are frequently conflated by excavators. In the construction industry, site work refers to the preliminary work that must be done before the actual building can begin. This includes things like clearing the ground, excavating the foundation, and running utilities. On the other hand, when people talk about "site preparation," they typically mean getting the land ready for a particular type of development, like a new office building or a subdivision. As a result, business site work aims higher than mere site preparation. Therefore, a special collection of abilities and tools are needed. Excavation companies that focus on business site work usually employ a crew of heavy equipment operators who know how to use excavators, bulldozers, and other vehicles.

Residential Excavation Des Moines, IA

At Xtreme Dirt, we help homeowners in many different ways. Most of the time, site preparation, grading, trenching, and installing utilities were the most common services we provided for residential excavation.
Clearing the land of trees, brush, and other things is part of site preparation. Grading is the process of making the ground level so that it can be used for building. Trenching is used to dig holes for garden beds or utility lines. Putting in utilities means running lines for water, sewer, and gas to the house. We also do other things, like take down buildings.

You will need to hire a professional excavation contractor if you want to build a new home. At Xtreme Dirt, we can give you the excavation services you need for your project.
We are an experienced commercial and residential excavation company that can help you through the excavation process so you can finish your project as quickly and efficiently as possible. Get a free quote from us today!

Basement Excavation

Basement excavations can be unique due to the difficulty involved with obtaining access below an existing structure. Xtreme Dirt can handle any size basement project. Our basement excavation services include the coordination of shoring, demolition of the existing floor and foundation, as well as excavation. Our team has experience in determining drainage requirements, performing sewer relocation, as well as installing the new concrete foundation.

Foundation Excavation

Respectable excavation companies always clear the site of any preexisting buildings or vegetation before beginning excavation for a new base. The area is then dug down to the required depth using a wide range of instruments and methods. This may require the use of explosives, hand tools, electric shovels, or bulldozers. Following the completion of the excavation, the hole is backfilled with concrete or another substance to create a stable platform for the building's foundation. When excavating a foundation, experience, ability, and attention to detail are all necessary for a successful outcome. We can guarantee that your foundation will be constructed on firm ground if you follow these instructions.

Soil Excavation

Soil excavation can be required for many projects. Whether you need to install a new foundation or prepare a site for construction, Xtreme Dirt has the equipment and experienced crew to perform your soil excavation quickly, safely, and efficiently. We will transport and dispose of any contaminated soil and relocate clean soil to your preferred location.


Land Excavation

Xtreme Dirt performs land excavation for general land clearing as well as site preparation. Whether you need pad base preparation, foundation work, septic systems installed, underground utilities, structural excavation, and backfill, driveway and road installation, or rock excavation, Xtreme Dirt has the certifications, knowledgeable team, and professional equipment to quickly and effectively perform your land excavation.

Footing Excavation

When excavating the footings for a new structure, the first step for an excavating contractor is to set up wooden forms around the perimeter of the site. As soon as we verify the forms are set, construction crews can begin excavating the designated location. The size and kind of base being laid will dictate the depth of the excavation. The next step is to clear the area of any big rocks or other obstructions. At the end of the excavation process, the forms will be taken down and the opening will be filled with gravel or other drainage materials. Once the footing excavation is finished, the cornerstone of the building will have a solid place to rest.

Culvert Installation & Excavation

We are an excavation company, so we are familiar with the difficulties of laying culvert pipelines. Making ensuring the pipes are installed correctly to avoid problems in the future is a major obstacle. When excavating for a tunnel pipe, there are a few options to consider based on the material of the pipe. Concrete culvert pipes are widely used because of their strength and durability, but they can be difficult to install. Because of this, having a skilled contractor on site is crucial for a successful installation. Metal or plastic culvert pipes are also available, though they are less prevalent. These alternatives to the concrete are more practical in many respects, such as being lighter and simpler to work with. In the end, variables like cost and timeline determine which culvert pipe is ideal for a given construction project.

Construction Site Preparation

When it comes to preparing a building site for development, there are a few factors that we value most as an excavation contractor. The site must first be correctly graded and leveled. This will guarantee the building's stability and avoid water damage by ensuring adequate drainage around the foundation. Second, you should remove any rubbish or plants from the area. This will reduce the likelihood of pests and other animals wreaking havoc on the building site or posing a safety risk to the workers. Last but not least, make sure the construction location is clearly demarcated. Because of this, we can reduce the likelihood of mishaps and conflicts between teams as they work in various areas of the site. In my opinion, these are the three most important aspects of any construction site, regardless of the scale or complexity of the undertaking.

Septic Installation

As an excavation contractor, our customers who need help installing a septic system only have to give us a call. Installation of a septic tank is a multi-step process that usually starts with digging out the area where the tank will go. After the hole is dug, the tank is carefully put in it and held in place. The leach field is then put in place. It is made up of a series of gravel-filled trenches or beds. After the leach field is set up, the area is usually filled in with dirt and grass seed is planted to stop erosion. Once we're done with all of this, we'll pump the tank regularly to get rid of solid waste and keep the septic tank from having problems again.


As an excavation company, our goal for every drainage project is the same: to make sure the property drains well. To do this, we use a wide range of methods and materials, depending on what the property needs. Most of the time, we start by digging around the house or building's foundation. This lets us dig a trench to put in French drains or other types of drainage systems. We also use this time to put up any gutters or downspouts that may be needed. After the trench has been dug, the drains are put in place and filled with gravel. Then, we put soil back into the trench and cover it. In some cases, we may also need to put in a sump pump to get rid of water that builds up in low spots. By following these steps, we can make sure that every excavation project has good drainage.

Lot Clearing

One of the most common things that we contractors do is clear land.
We clear a piece of land of trees, shrubs, and other plants. On the other hand, land thinning is the process of removing trees and shrubs in a way that doesn't take away too many resources. During this process, we often use heavy equipment like bulldozers and excavators to get rid of the plants. And clear the land so that excavation can finally begin. As excavation contractors, we know how to clear land and can give you all the tools you need to get the job done quickly and well.


We use grading for a number of reasons as an excavation workers, including leveling the groundwork and ensuring adequate drainage. Slope grading, in which an incline is intentionally created on the ground surface to facilitate water drainage, is by far the most prevalent form of grading. In many cases, this is a necessary step before paving or other building can begin. In order to mitigate the effects of erosion and runoff, we employ contour grading to build a succession of berms or terraces. Also, grading is commonly used to even out a site before the building starts. This will ensure that the base is even and the final result looks polished. Excavation contractors are the go-to guys when it comes to accurate grading on a building site.

Landscaping Products

Alongside our Mulch and Topsoil, Xtreme Dirt also offers stone, sand, and many other landscaping materials. Whether it's river rocks, gravel, sand, or anything else you can think of, Xtreme Dirt offers the best in quality.

We offer Topsoil and Mulch by the yard, and Sand and Stone by the ton. One yard of sand/stone weighs 1.5 tons.


Xtreme Dirt Demolition and Wrecking Services
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