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Are Porch Lifts Viable Options In The Winter?


Porch lifts are awesome! At LifeCare Mobility, we proudly carry high-quality porch lifts from such top-of-the-line manufacturers as Bruno and Serenity Healthcare Products. Even though porch lifts are designed for both indoor and outdoor use, many of our clients have preferred that they are installed in a location suggested by their namesake: the porch.

We know the fall hasn’t even officially begun yet. But, considering the time of year and the country we live in, it is fair to ask: Can porch lifts stand up to our cold Canadian winters? We’re happy to let you know that the answer is a resounding “yes”. Our porch lifts are designed to withstand extreme temperatures. However, it’s always important to do your part in maintaining your porch lift throughout the year.

Perform regular maintenance checks.

You do the same thing for your car, don’t you? While porch lifts are incredibly durable, they require, just like other mechanisms, regular maintenance checks and tune-ups. Consider your porch lift no different than your vehicle. How often do you go in to have it serviced? It’s wise to always ensure your porch lift is operating at its best.

According to the “Mike The Access Guy” blog, you should have your lift checked or serviced every fall by a qualified lift service company. “Lifts need to be checked/serviced just like your furnace and A/C units,” says the site, “Most manufacturers recommend lifts be serviced 4 times a year. We recommend that lifts be serviced 2 times a year by a manufacturer’s authorized Service Company.”

Clear the porch lift of snow and other debris.

Naturally, the wintertime is bound to bring snow, sleet and ice. The same way you’d clear your car of the aforementioned winter debris, you’ll want to clear your porch lift as well. Keep in mind that your porch lift can be fitted with a cover or canopy to keep the unit from enduring the brunt of too much frozen precipitation.

“Keep the platform free of snow and ice, because the platform can be slippery just like sidewalks and porch floors,” instructs the “Mike The Access Guy” blog, “ Sometimes the lift can be retro fitted with a canopy top…Remove snow and ice from under the lift. Snow and ice will stop the lift from going all the way down.”

Use a canopy to keep snow and ice off of your porch lift.

We just noted that canopies are available to keep your porch lift covered throughout the winter. Yes, it may be a bit tedious to have to take the canopy off and put it back on regularly, but you’ll be doing yourself a big favour by having the lift kept free of snow and ice.

“Use an optional canopy (seen right) that can help to shield the user from the elements and partially protect the lift platform from snow and ice, “encourages John Burfield of Lifeway Mobility.

If you have any questions about the high-quality porch lifts offered by LifeCare Mobility Solutions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 416-267-9800 or email us at info@lifecaremobility.ca. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!

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