Mold thrives in continuously wet conditions and can start to grow within 24 hours after a flood.

Mold spores can cause allergy symptoms, headaches, bronchitis, asthma attacks, lung irritation and skin rashes. People with asthma or other pulmonary illnesses, compromised immune systems, infants and the elderly are more likely to develop mold-related illnesses.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) offers the following suggestions to control mold: