Just in time for Spring cleaning, Mailbox Improvement Week has arrived

U.S. Postal Service is asking people to inspect and repair mailboxes

Mailbox Improvement Week Arrives in Time for Spring Cleaning

TEXAS – During Mailbox Improvement Week, starting May 16 through May 22, the U.S. Postal Service is asking all homeowners to inspect and repair their mailboxes.

“Repairing suburban and rural mailboxes improves the appearance of our community and makes delivering and receiving mail safer for our carriers and customers,” District Manager Steven Hernandéz says. “The Postal Service makes this annual request because of the wear and tear that occurs to mailboxes every year. This is especially important after theeffects of this past winter,” he adds.

Some of the typical activities homeowners may need to consider include:

  • Replacing loose hinges on a mailbox door.
  • Repainting a mailbox that may have rusted or has started to peel.
  • Remounting a loosened mailbox post.
  • Replacing or adding house numbers.

“If a homeowner plans to install a new mailbox or replace a worn one, he or she must use only Postal Service–approved traditional, contemporary or locking full/limited service mailboxes,” said Hernandéz. “Customers must be careful when purchasing curbside mail receptacles because the use of unapproved boxes is prohibited. Customers may use a custom-built mailbox, but they must consult with their local post office to ensure it conforms to guidelines applying to flag, size, strength and quality of construction.”

Please contact your local Station Manager or Postmaster for more information on the use of names or numbers on mailboxes, or for any other questions.