As the seasons change and temperatures drop here in North Georgia, it's important to get your bathroom ready so you can keep soap, sinks and supplies operating smoothly through the colder months.

Follow these tips to prepare your most humid room and avoid costly winter leaks or repairs.

Insulate Pipes and Exposed Water Lines

According to Bob's Plumbing ("Winterizing Your Plumbing," 2021), insulating pipes that are exposed to outside walls or have a history of freezing is key. Look for pre-cut foam insulation sleeves available at any hardware store that slip easily over pipes. Be sure to check around toilets and under sinks as well—these areas are prone to drafts. As an extra precaution for sub-zero nights, keep a slow drip running from all faucets with exposed pipes. Moving water is less likely to freeze.

Ventilate After Showers

Courtesy of Aspen Air Duct Cleaning ("Why Bathroom Ventilation is Important," 2022), lingering moisture after hot showers or baths is the number one cause of condensation issues like mold. Even in the dead of winter, open the window or turn on the bathroom vent fan for at least 20 minutes after each use to remove humid air. This reduces the risk of visible water damage on walls and ceilings over time.

Seal Around Windows

According to Greg's Handyman Tips ("Winterizing Your Home's Windows," 2021), cold drafts around single pane or older windows are invitations for pipes behind walls to freeze. Apply fresh weatherstripping, caulk or spray foam around all bathroom window frames before temperatures consistently drop below freezing. A draft-free bathroom protects plumbing long-term.

Keep Cabinets Dry

As Marie from The Organized Home ("Organizing Small Spaces: The Bathroom," 2022) warns, even the smallest amount of water left in cabin beneath the sink counter can expand and crack plaster or drywall in freezing temps. Wipe out cabinets thoroughly after each use and prop doors open to maximize air flow when not in use.

With a little preparation now, your North Georgia bathroom will stay toasty, dry and leak-free all winter long.