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Recent rains producing flooded basements

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Recent rains have homeowners discovering they have flooded basements, and the recent drought is likely to blame.

Cracks in foundations are allowing water to seep in. And that has foundation repair businesses with phones ringing off the hook.

"We get calls like crazy," said Josh Bultmann, production manager for Dry Basement. "After a big storm, we average 100 calls a day."

He is looking at 70 projects a week now. He is scheduling repairs now a month after receiving the SOS.

"We're going to see more and more phone calls because of the two droughts over the last two summers," he said.

The area's clay soil is expansive, he said.

"You get a dry spell and it pulls away," he said. "Then you get rain behind it and that leaves a wide open path for that water next to the foundation."

Water seeks a weak point, which is often where the floor and wall meet.

Sump pumps are used to drain the water and then an assessment is made of the damage.

Repairs aren't cheap. A one-wall project costs about $4,500 to repair, while all four walls could cost $10,000.

If you notice cracks in your foundation, make sure your gutter is clean.

To avoid issues, Bultmann recommends you keep your gutters clean and have the spouts point away from your residence. He said this will help keep your basement dry.

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