Few things can be more aggravating—and potentially damaging—for a homeowner than a damp or wet basement. With fall right around the corner it’s a great time to do a walk-around inspection of your home’s gutters and downspouts. While it might be ideal to examine the whole system with a ladder, you may do nearly as thorough a job by walking the perimeter in a good steady rain (please beware of lightning) to make sure all of your gutters and downspouts are working as intended. And it wouldn’t be a bad idea to do the whole thing again once the leaves have flown for good at the end of fall. An occasional inspection may just save you a full-blown panic come springtime!