Gutters play a very important role and are designed to divert water away from your foundation. If the gutters are clogged with leaves and debris, you run the risk of water runoff near the home. If water drains too close to the foundation, it causes moisture intrusion and soil movement, which can eventually lead to settlement issues. That is also why it is important to extend your gutter downspout at least 4-6 feet away from your home. You can purchase downspout extender at nearly every home improvement store for less than $10! Follow these steps to improve the water drainage at your house: 1. Clean the debris from gutters and downspouts (on regular schedule). 2. Inspect the slope of the gutters to ensure it is slanted towards the downspout. 3. Install downspout extenders so water is diverted 4-6ft away from the foundation. 4. Ensure that your yard is sloped away from the foundation. The rule of thumb for grading requirements around the perimeter of a foundation is a 6-inch drop in elevation in the first 10 feet out from the foundation.