Gutter downspouts should be extended to discharge water away from the home’s building envelope. In this picture, while it’s great that there’s a downspout extension, it discharges directly adjacent the home which is, frankly, pointless. Direct water away from your home. Failure to do so can lead to crawl space water intrusion, wood destroying insect activity and structural issues, so it’s an important simple step you can take to protect your home. This was discovered at a recent home inspection in Anacortes on Fidalgo Island.