Possibly one of the least expensive and simplest ways to prevent potential problems is by focusing your attention on gutter downspouts. As an inspector, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen gutters terminate directly below where the downspout ends. This usually means all the water from that gutter system is being channeled directly to that portion of the foundation. Not good!
Whether it is a humble concrete trough or an underground series of pipes, the rainwater runoff from your gutter downspout should be channeled as far away from the foundation of your house as possible. It’s an inexpensive and typically easy way of preventing possibly serious problems with your most valuable of assets!