Homeowners reminded to inspect, repair mailboxes

GLOVERSVILLE – The U.S. Postal Service is asking all city homeowners to inspect and repair their mailboxes during Mailbox Improvement Week, which runs through Saturday, according to a news release.

“Repairing suburban and rural mailboxes improves the appearance of our community and makes delivering mail safer for our carriers and customers,” Postmaster Terri Capasso said in the release.

The postal service makes this annual request because of the wear and tear that occurs to mailboxes every year.

“This is especially important after the effects of last winter,” Capasso added.

Some of the typical activities that may need to be done include:

– Replacing loose hinges on a mailbox door.

– Repainting a mailbox that may have rusted or started peeling.

– Remounting a mailbox post if loosened.

– 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,” Capasso said in the release. “Customers should 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 my office to ensure it conforms to guidelines applying to flag, size, strength and quality of construction.”

For more information on the use of names or numbers on mailboxes, or answers to other questions, call Capasso at 725-1214.