The Ultimate Testing for Toxic Mold Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

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?

Most of us can identify the telltale smell of mold, in general. But we may not know which mold is bad for us, based only on its smell.

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What type of mold produces mycotoxins?

Mycotoxins are the chemicals produced by some molds that can cause health problems. Some theorize that the mold produces them specifically to weaken its host.

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

Even non-toxic molds can cause some negative reactions in some people. Common problems due to mold relate to respiration.

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

Mold spreads rapidly, and now that many insurance policies exclude mold damage or limit payments for it, a mold outbreak can be very costly.

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What exactly is mold?

Mold spreads via spores which are present almost everywhere. When the conditions are right, those spores will grow into colonies of mold.

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How many types of household mold exist?

One of the more common toxic molds, Stachybotrys chartarum, isn't common among molds in general, but also is not particularly rare.

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

Mold requires moisture to grow, so eliminating excess moisture in your house will make mold infestation significantly less likely.

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

Even steam from cooking might be enough o cause mold growth if the room is not properly ventilated.

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

Differences in temperature between the inside and outside can lead to condensation, which may cause moisture to accumulate and mold to grow.

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

There are a large range of symptoms that may indicate a mold infestation. Others include stuffy nose and wheezy breathing.

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

Shortness of breath is another of the more serious symptoms that might occur with mold in the house. But even without any ill effects, there still may be dangerous mold present in your home.

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

If the spores spread, you could end up with an infestation in a part of the house that was previously uncontaminated. Consult a professional when checking these spots.

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

By turning off the HVAC unit, you will prevent it from blowing the spores around.

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

Under carpets, behind drapes or drywall and inside ducts are all common places for mold to grow.

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

The type of mold is less of a concern than simply preventing it from returning a second time. If you don't address that issue, you'll just be wasting your time.

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

Even if the space is smaller, you might still want to hire a professional if it is a complicated removal, such as one that contains contaminated water.

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

Long sleeves and rubber gloves are also recommended. You should also make sure that the goggles are not vented.

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

Some things are better thrown out if they get infested, since cleaning them effectively is extremely difficult.

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

Due to these problems, a 2006 Consumer Reports study gave none of the tested kits a recommendation.

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

Air conditioners and dehumidifiers both can help remove unwanted humidity from the air in your home.

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