How to Protect Your Mailbox From Snow Plow Trucks

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Ahh... winter -- designated as "mailbox season" for climates blessed with snow. Every year, mailboxes are taken out by snow plow trucks. The county or city is not often liable to replace your mailbox when it damages or destroys it while plowing snow. Given the fact mailboxes are so expensive and near impossible to put back up in the dead of winter, it's in your best interest to protect your mailboxes from falling victim to the snow plows.

  • Keep the area directly surrounding your mailbox cleared of snow at all times, especially to the side of and behind your mailbox. Allow for a few feet in each direction. This will allow the snow being forced toward your mailbox a place to go other than building up on top of your mailbox. Your mail carrier will also appreciate the extra effort.

  • Ensure your mailbox post is secure as part of your fall maintenance routine. Use sturdy, solid material for your post. Hire a brick layer to build an attractive brick base for your mailbox, which is a secure method of protecting your mailbox. If you use a post, ensure that you sink it into the earth a minimum of 18 inches for added strength.

  • Place an orange flag on a post or stick significantly higher than your mailbox and put it directly behind your mailbox as a visual marker that the snow plow truck driver can see easily in limited visibility.

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