Ice that may have formed over the winter in gutters can cause the gutter to pull away from the house as well as break seals in gutter joints and downspout connections. Loose or clogged gutters can allow rain to run over your fascia board, into your eaves, and ultimately into your house. Loose gutters can also allow rain to collect near your foundation causing your basement to leak. Gutter cleaning, inspections and repairs generally require using an extension ladder which can present a potentially dangerous situation. It is recommended that this task be performed by your local licensed handyman or gutter service.
If your home renovation requires new walls, you may want to consider using metal studs. They have many advantages in a basement area, where moisture and insects can be a problem. Metal studs are easy to assemble, and you can pre-cut several at once with a carborundum blade on a power saw. Then, they quickly fasten together with self tapping-screws. Metal studs are lightweight, fireproof, and recyclable.