Next time there is a good downpour, grab an umbrella and stand in the rain. You may get wet, but it is the best time to check your gutters and drains. You’ll often find that damp in a house is caused by something simple like a blocked gutter. Keeping your rainwater disposal system clear and free flowing is one of the most important routine maintenance tasks, but is also one of the easiest. It often involves nothing more than putting on a stout pair of gloves to clear autumn leaves and debris from drains and gutters. If your gutters are high or difficult to reach, a local handyman should be able to help you.