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?
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 single-celled animal
How many types of household mold exist?
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?
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?
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
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
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
What is the recommended humidity level you should maintain in your house in order to avoid a mold infestation?