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Is Your property Storm-Ready? Preparing for Storm Ciarán

Jade Concannon


Risk Control

With the increase in stormy weather in the UK, Quality Care Group is here to help you protect your care facility or business premises and offer support if you are affected. The upcoming storm, Storm Ciarán, is predicted to hit on Thursday, with southern England and Wales expected to be among the most affected areas.

Taking proactive steps to safeguard your care facility can make a significant difference. Let's ensure your premises are storm-ready with the following checklist:

Check Exterior Drains:

Ensure rainwater is flowing away properly. Clear any debris that might be blocking the drains to prevent flooding in the vicinity.

Inspect Guttering:

Examine your guttering for damage or debris. Properly functioning gutters allow water to flow away easily, avoiding potential water damage to your care facility.

Examine Brickwork or Render:

Look for cracks in brickwork or render, as they could allow water ingress. Addressing these issues beforehand can prevent water damage to the structure of your care home.

Check for Leaks:

Inspect areas around windows and doors for leaks. Small leaks can escalate during heavy rainfall, potentially affecting residents and staff areas.

Loft Inspection:

Check the loft for any hidden leaks. Addressing leaks promptly can prevent water damage and potential disruptions to care services.

Outside Drainage:

Ensure that areas like patios, decking, or driveways don't breach damp course heights. Proper drainage prevents water from accumulating around your care facility, ensuring a safer environment.

Secure Outdoor Areas:

Tie down and secure outdoor furniture and items to prevent them from causing damage during strong winds. This is crucial, especially in care home gardens or communal areas.

Tree Safety:

Check trees near your property to ensure they are healthy and not likely to fall or cause damage. Trim any overhanging branches that could pose a risk to the building.

Inspect Flat Roofs:

Flat roofs, commonly found in business premises, have a shorter lifespan. Inspect them for any damage or signs of leaks that could impact daily operations.

Roof Tiles and Structure:

Check the tiles on your roof for any issues. Addressing these promptly can prevent water from entering your care facility, maintaining a safe and comfortable environment.

Chimney Mortar:

Ensure that the mortar on your chimney is in good condition and not degraded. This helps prevent potential structural issues that could affect the overall safety of your care home.


With the increase in stormy weather in the UK, we're here to help you protect your property and offer support if you are affected. Storm damage can be challenging, but with a proactive approach, you can minimise risks and ensure the safety and well-being of residents and staff.

If your property is affected by the storm, don't hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. We're here to support you in navigating the challenges of stormy weather and ensuring the continuity of care services. Contact our Risk Control Team on 01273 424904.

You can receive up to the hour weather information for your area from the met office

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