As rainwater levels rise, so do homeowners’ concerns

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --  As more rain falls, concerns for homeowners rise. Home repair experts are on the job, helping people with leaky roofs and flooded basements.

It's more than a headache. Roof and basement repairs can add up to big expenses for homeowners who didn't see the weather coming -- or perhaps -- failed to prepare their homes for heavy rain.

When jack hammers sing their tune, wet basement worries can't be far behind.

Don Derry's work schedule at ram jack in North Kansas City is jam-packed, thanks to a month of May that's been waterlogged. Most of Derry's basement repairs come when cellars are soaked from water seeping in from the exterior where walls and floors meet.

For the owners of the home Derry worked in Platte Woods on Friday morning, it's been  a nightmare.

“It's disrupted their entire lives,” Derry said. “They've been down here wet-vacing every night. They had a dam built inside of this room to catch all the water so they could keep vacuuming.”

Derry says the average basement bailout could cost as much as five thousand dollars, but there a few tips he has for homeowners.

“Extend the downspouts,” Derry said. “Clean the gutters. Add a little dirt around the house. But that won't stop water from coming into the house, especially this time of the year.”

From the bottom of the home, to the top, the concern is no different. Roofing experts say bad weather can compromise the entire roof of a home.

Dan Reddy works for Premiere Roofing, and says his business replaced two thousand roofs last year, most of which had been damaged by weather.

“It's definitely the most essential component to protecting your home,” Reddy said. “That's typically the biggest investment most people make.”

Reddy's recommendation for homeowners who see their roof is in immediate trouble?

“Try to get a bucket,” Reddy said. “Try to get a tarp. Try to get something to collect the water that is coming through the drywall, and move anything of value away from it.”

Both repair pros we spoke with recommend frequent inspections for basements and roofs. Reddy told Fox 4 News most repair businesses will do an inspection for free.