The old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” but is April the rainiest month in Texas? Not so – or at least, not in every part of Texas. Texas is a big state, and consequently, its boundaries cover several regions with varying climates.
What are the rainiest months in your region of the Lone Star State? Find out below, and get some tips from our drainage experts about avoiding problems during those rainy months!
WHAT ARE THE RAINIEST MONTHS OF THE YEAR IN TEXAS?
Historically, these months tend to be the rainiest in Texas’s major regions:
Big Bend Country: June, July
Gulf Coast: June, September
Hill Country: May, June, October
Panhandle Plains: June, August
Piney Woods: April, May, June, October
Prairies and Lakes: May, June, October
South Texas Plains: May, June, September, October
DEALING WITH RAINY MONTHS: TIPS FROM TEXAS DRAINAGE EXPERTS
While most homeowners are concerned with their roofs during rain, drainage should also be a priority to prevent problems like water damage, flooding, and an unstable foundation. Keep the following tips in mind to avoid issues during rainy months:
1. Repair bent or broken gutters.
Gutters redirect water away from your home so that you don’t end up with a soggy roof, siding, or soil around the foundation. Be sure to get bent or broken gutters fixed well before your region’s “rainy season.”
2. Keep your gutters clean.
Having gutters is not enough: it’s essential to keep them clean. Leaves, twigs, bird’s nests, and more can prevent water from draining properly. Plus, the standing water can attract egg-laying mosquitoes!
3. If your gutters are still overflowing, consider installing additional downspouts.
If you don’t have enough downspouts, your gutters can flood when it really starts to pour. As a reference, you should have one downspout for every 20 feet of guttering.
4. When installing gutters, don’t go the DIY route.
While it may seem like a smart way to save money, you won’t be able to take advantage of a professional installation, and there’s a good chance that you’ll buy too much or too little of what you need. Plus, gutters need to be installed at a slight, almost unnoticeable angle for drainage to occur correctly, and achieving this without professional training is tougher than it looks.
5. If water pools around your home’s foundation, consult a drainage expert.
Standing water around your foundation can make the soil soggy and dangerously unstable. By consulting an expert, they can help you determine which drainage solution is the best fit for your property’s layout. Some drainage solutions (like french drains) can even be incorporated into your landscaping.
For drainage and gutter solutions in San Antonio and the DFW area, don’t hesitate to call the trusted experts at G.L. Hunt Foundation Repair: (817) 438-2052.