Mold is a dangerous pest that can be found around the edges of the shower, under the carpet in a basement or lurking behind wallpaper in a house.
"If an individual sees mold, they automatically think health concerns," said Eric Christenson, owner of Christenson Carpet Cleaning in Hastings.
And, in some cases, that's a relevant concern, as mold can cause a myriad of health problems from mild allergies to severe respiratory problems and even death.
Ron Seymour, extension educator with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Adams County, said the key is to remove problems that can cause mold before it starts to grow.
"The best thing is to do whatever you can to keep water out of your premises for any period of time," Seymour said. "Short term is fine but if things get wet, mold will grow."