Check Your Gutters
Illustration: Jonathan Carlson
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2. Check Your Gutters

When gutters aren't pitched at the right angle, they overflow—and can threaten your once dry basement. Properly pitched gutters slope between 1/16 inch and inch per foot, directing water to the leader and out the downspout. Check the pitch by holding a level even with the gutter; on longer runs, pour in water from a hose and check the flow's direction. Get instructions for keeping your gutters in good working order.
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