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Maintenance GuideIines

Maintaining a Non-Slip Surface

A ramp with a safe slope and spacing between boards for drainage will accommodate weather conditions in cold climates. It is important to ensure the ramp surface remains free of ice and snow. After each snowfall, shovel or sweep the snow off the ramp to prevent accumulation. Quickmelt or similar products can be sprinkled on the ramp surface to prevent ice build-up and reduce slipperiness caused by morning frost.

Treating Your Ramp

Treated lumber does not need to be sealed, stained or painted for protection against rotting. Finishing the wood with water repellent sealers or other finishing products will reduce cracking and splitting of the boards. These products can also be used to prevent the wood from appearing weathered or to change the color of the wood. Consult the lumber yard where you purchased the treated wood for advice on products to use.

Monitor the Ramp for Changes

If the user of the ramp notices the wheelchair pulling to one side or the other, the ramp surface may not be horizontal. This can be corrected by raising or lowering the appropriate side of the support structure.

If a height difference occurs between a landing and a sloped section, an abrupt rise can be created that is not easily traversed. This is also correctable by raising or lowering the support structure.

If any boards splinter or crack, they should be replaced. Also monitor handrails and brackets and replace any loose connections.

Be aware of changes in any aspect of your ramp and correct problems as soon as possible,

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