Homeowners who experience even a small amount of water seeping into their homes either from flooding or a broken pipe should be concerned about mold.
It doesn’t take much water for mold to grow and do a lot of harm.
"All it needs is a little moisture and a little dark space, and it can grow so quickly," contractor Danny Lipford tells KTRK.
Homeowners who experience a double whammy of flooding and power outages from spring or summer storms are especially susceptible to mold growth.
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These situations can create warm, dark and humid environments — conditions in which mold and mildew thrive.
"It can be there and you won't know it at all,” says Lipford, who owns Lipford Construction in Mobile, Alabama. “Especially very porous materials — carpet, carpet pad, and insulation that's in walls."