With winter quickly approaching, the City of Lockport would like to remind residents that proper mailbox installation and maintenance can help reduce the risk of your mailbox being damaged during a snowstorm. While city snow plow drivers take extra care not to damage mailboxes, with limited space to pile snow and hundreds of miles of roadway to plow during each snowstorm, it is difficult for drivers to avoid pushing snow against mailboxes completely.
November is an excellent time to inspect your mailbox post to ensure that it is solid and sturdy in the ground before winter arrives. When winter arrives and the ground freezes, it is nearly impossible to make the necessary repairs to strengthen your mailbox.
Here are some pointers to help you get your mailbox ready for the snow this winter:
- Check that your mailbox post is straight and that the box is not leaning over the curb
- Replace damaged or rotting posts
- Check the connection point between the box and the post to ensure that the box is securely fastened
The U.S. Postal Service provides guidelines for installing and placing a new mailbox at home in addition to maintenance tips.
For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (815) 838-0549, option 8.