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The Ultimate Testing for Toxic Mold Quiz
by Staff
Mold can be one of the more pervasive and damaging problems a homeowner faces. It can be difficult to remove completely, and can cause health problems as well. What should you do if your home becomes mold-damaged and how can you prevent mold from growing in your house from the outset? Take this quiz to learn what you should know about mold.

Why shouldn't you rely on your nose as a way to determine whether there is dangerous mold in your house?

  • Mold doesn't have a strong smell.
  • You might not be able to distinguish between the smells of dangerous and harmless molds.
  • If the mold is dangerous, you don't want to inhale it at all.

What type of mold produces mycotoxins?

  • black mold
  • green mold
  • all mold

What type of mold is it advisable to remove from your home for health reasons?

  • those with high levels of toxins
  • those with any toxins
  • any molds, even those which are non-toxic

What recent changes can make a household mold infestation even more costly?

  • exclusion of mold damage from homeowners' insurance
  • mutations that have led to faster-growing mold
  • newer building materials that are more susceptible to mold damage

What exactly is mold?

  • a fungus
  • a bacteria
  • a single-celled animal

How many types of household mold exist?

  • about 100
  • almost 1,000
  • over 10,000

What is the best way to keep mold from growing in your home?

  • eliminating excess moisture
  • keeping windows and doors closed as much as possible
  • testing for mold regularly

Other than leaky pipes or roofs, what else might bring enough moisture into your house to encourage mold growth?

  • steam from the shower
  • liquid from wall paint
  • heat from a convection oven

What part of your house is particularly susceptible to mold growth?

  • around windows
  • attics
  • carpeted floors

Which symptoms are common if you have mold in your home?

  • rashes and eye irritation
  • coughing and diarrhea
  • sore throat and headache

What is a more extreme symptom that may occur if you have a mold problem in your house?

  • fever
  • fainting
  • heart palpitations

What is a danger of checking for mold under rugs or behind walls?

  • spreading spores to other areas of the house
  • inhaling a dangerous quantity of mold
  • letting mold spores in that you will then recover

What else can you do to prevent the spread of spores during a check for mold?

  • turning off your air conditioner, heater and fan
  • wearing a mask
  • keeping your windows open

What types of places are particularly likely places for mold to grow in your house?

  • enclosed or covered spaces
  • exposed surfaces
  • upper floors

Beyond removing the mold, what is the most important thing you should do when taking care of a mold problem in your house?

  • determining the type of mold you have
  • fixing the problem that led to the mold infestation
  • throwing out any movable objects that have been affected by the mold

What is the minimum size of a mold-infested area that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends hiring a professional to clean?

  • five feet square
  • ten feet square
  • twenty feet square

What safety equipment do you need if you are removing mold on your own?

  • a respirator and goggles
  • asbestos gloves and jacket
  • ear plugs and boots

What types of household products are difficult to treat if they become mold-infested?

  • carpets and upholstery
  • leather goods
  • washers and dryers

What problems hurt the effectiveness of home mold-testing kits?

  • difficulty of use and lack of expiration dates
  • only testing for the most common types of mold
  • high cost

What is the recommended humidity level you should maintain in your house in order to avoid a mold infestation?

  • 10-20 percent
  • 30-50 percent
  • 45-60 percent