Ugly Mailbox? Time to Declutter and Upgrade: USPS Calls for Mailbox Maintenance


**Calling All Homeowners: Let’s Spruce Up Our Mailboxes!**

Every year, the United States Postal Service (USPS) leads the charge in their Mailbox Improvement Week, a time to remind us of the importance of maintaining and upgrading our precious mailboxes. This annual campaign, held during the third week of May, encourages homeowners to give their mailboxes some much-needed TLC and address any wear and tear.

Essential Maintenance and Repairs**

The USPS has some suggestions for simple yet effective mailbox maintenance:

  • Replace Loose Hinges:** Keep the mailbox door securely shut to prevent mail from falling out.
  • Remount Loose Post:** Ensure your mailbox post is firmly in place to avoid damage and ensure stable delivery.
  • Add or Replace House Numbers:** Make sure your postal carriers can easily find your home by displaying clear and visible house numbers.
  • Touch Up Paint:** Refresh your mailbox’s appearance and protect it from rust and peeling by giving it a fresh coat of paint.

Upgrade Your Mailbox**

For those looking to upgrade, the USPS recommends replacing aging mailboxes with larger capacity “next-generation” models. These mailboxes are wider and taller, accommodating the growing number of online purchases and reducing trips to the post office.

An extra-large mailbox compared to a standard size mailbox. (USPS)
An extra-large mailbox compared to a standard size mailbox. (USPS)

Convenience for Postal Carriers**

When installing or replacing your mailbox, considering postal carriers’ safety and convenience is crucial. Mailboxes should be installed at a vertical height of 3.5-4 feet. However, due to varying road designs and curb positions, it’s always best to consult with your local postmaster or carrier before making any changes.

Clear the Way**

In addition to mailbox maintenance and upgrades, removing any obstacles around the mailbox is essential for efficient mail delivery. Make sure your carriers have a clear and safe path to access your mailbox without having to get out of their vehicles.

The USPS extends its gratitude to all homeowners who participate in Mailbox Improvement Week. Their efforts help ensure that the brave men and women who deliver our mail can continue to do so safely and efficiently, providing vital communication services to over 167 million addresses in the United States.

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