What Are the Effects of Water Damage?

Water damage is one of the most common and costly problems homeowners and businesses face.

Whether it’s the result of a broken pipe, a leaky roof, or flooding from severe weather, water damage can cause significant problems for your property. Not only can it lead to costly repairs, but it can also create health and safety hazards and create an ideal environment for mold growth. Below are some of the consequences of water damage and how to avoid them.

Health Hazards

A home or business exposed to water damage is susceptible to harmful bacteria and other microbes. If the damage is not addressed correctly, toxins can linger on your affected furniture, carpets, and inside your HVAC system long after the water has dried. Those bacteria and microbes can lead to several health hazards, including respiratory problems, skin infections, and gastrointestinal illness. The health hazards can be even more severe if the water is contaminated with sewage or chemicals.

Mold Growth

Mold growth is one of the most common consequences of water damage. It thrives in damp, dark environments, so if your property has water damage, it’s essential to dry the area out as quickly as possible to prevent growth. Mold can grow in as little as 48 hours and can be difficult and expensive to treat and remove. If left untreated, it can spread and cause adverse health effects, including respiratory issues and skin irritations.

Structural Damage

Water damage can also cause structural damage to your property. If not dealt with quickly and correctly, it can warp and split the subfloor, cause paint to peel, and deteriorate drywall. Even solid materials that foundations are made of (such as masonry, concrete and stone) can soak up small amounts of water through their cracks and pores. Unless these pockets of water are removed, it can create defects in the building foundation that will eventually weaken the entire structure. All affected areas will need to be replaced or restored, which can be a costly fix.

Electrical Damage

If your home or business has been damaged by water, it’s crucial to have a professional inspect your electrical systems before using them again. Water can cause severe damage to wiring, outlets, and electrical boxes, creating a safety hazard. Electrical water damage usually occurs in kitchen appliances, washing machines, dryers, hot water tanks, and furnaces. Low-mounted electrical outlets are also susceptible to water damage.

Loss of Personal Belongings

Water damage can quickly destroy many personal items, including books, photographs, electronics, furniture, clothing and personal documents, among other things. If you have valuable items damaged by water, it’s essential to take them to a professional restoration company as soon as possible for assessment and treatment.

Emotional Toll

If the water damage is severe enough, you may be required to relocate your business, tenants, or residence temporarily. Relocation can be especially tough, as it is a significant inconvenience and adds additional financial, mental, and physical strain for all affected (including property owners, business owners and tenants). A study by the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation and The University of Waterloo recently found that flooded household members experienced significantly higher worry and stress than non-flooded households in the first 30 days of experiencing a flood and up to three years afterwards. Water damage can also cause loss of work, lost rent and business interruptions, negatively impacting your business reputation. Read this blog post for more information about the emotional toll of water damage.

Water damage can have a severe impact on your home or business. Not only is it costly to repair, but it can also lead to health hazards and structural damage. So make sure you take steps to prevent water damage and know what to do if it does occur. For more information on protecting yourself from water damage, visit our website or contact us today.

Share this article on

Related Articles

Win of the Week – 8 McKee Avenue

Our sensors at 8 McKee Avenue recently detected a low pressure in the hot water PRV. This low pressure indicated that the hot water PRV was faulting and would be due for service cleaning and diaphragm replacement to ensure the valve operates as intendant.

Read More

Win of the Week – PJ Condos

Developed by Pinnacle International, PJ Condos is located at 99 John Street and in the heart of Toronto’s Harbourfront & Entertainment District. Located steps to the Underground PATH, the Financial

Read More
Paul Pathak​


Paul Pathak is a partner of Chitiz Pathak LLP. Paul practices principally in the areas of corporate, securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and commercial law. He represents and provides sophisticated guidance to private and public corporate clients in a broad range of industries, including mining, technology, manufacturing, venture capital and merchant banking.

George Krieser​


George Krieser founded Total Credit Recovery Limited (“TCR”) in 1980 and is the President and Chief Executive Officer. TCR is the largest 100% Canadian-owned and operated collection agency, solely collecting Canadian debt. George previously served as a Director of Universal Energy. He also served as a member of the board of directors of Baycrest Foundation and as a member of the fundraising committee for UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
Gary Goodman​
Gary Goodman is a Trustee and Chair of the Audit & Risk committee of Boardwalk Real Estate Investment Trust., a former Chairman of Huntingdon Capital Corp., trustee of Gazit America & Brightpath Early Learning, and is a member of the advisory boards of the Vision Funds. Gary was previously Executive Vice President of Reichmann International where he served as a senior financial executive and trusted advisor for over 30 years.

Chris Gower


Chris Gower started his career in construction on the tools – framing houses, where he grew a deep appreciation for the trades. Prior to his current role as Chief Operating Officer, Buildings at PCL Construction (“PCL”), Chris held positions including construction risk manager, senior project manager, district manager and regional vice president. Throughout his more than 25 years at PCL, he has delivered iconic construction projects across Canada, Australia and the United States.

June Thomson

EVP, Sales, Marketing
& Business Development

June joined the Eddy team coming from Enercare after 10+ years in various roles, most recently as Vice President of the North American Builder Division. June has been in the HVAC industry for over 41 years, holding several roles throughout her career from Technician to Provincial Offences Officer.

Saj Khan

COO & President

Sajid Khan helped launch Eddy Solutions and has been in the role of Chief Operating Officer since inception. With more than 20 years of leadership and operational experience in the home services sector, Saj has held roles such as COO of Eco Energy Service, Vice President of Operations at both National Home Services and Universal Energy.

Boris Baril


With more than 25 years of financial experience, Boris has held both public and private company CFO roles; supported two (TSX listed) initial public offerings (IPOs), debt and equity capital raises, and M&A transactions. Boris graduated from York University and is a CPA, CA.

Mark Silver

CEO & Chairman

Mark L. Silver is President of Optus Capital Corporation. Mr. Silver has made significant real estate investments in both development stage and income producing properties in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors over his 35 year business career. Over the last 22 years, these investments have been made through his company, Optus Capital Corporation. Mr. Silver was a founding partner and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Energy which was sold in 2009 to Just Energy Group Inc. He co-founded Direct Energy Marketing and grew the company to over $1.3 billion in revenues before selling to Centrica PLC (also known as British Gas) in 2000.