Mould is a fungus that grows in the form of multicellular filaments, called hyphae. Moulds can thrive on any organic matter, including clothing, leather, paper, and the ceilings, walls and floors of homes with high air humidity and moisture management problems.
Over 100,000 mould species have been identified so far, and they all reproduce by producing microscopic spores that are released into the surrounding environment. Once airborne the spores can float for considerably long distances, and will settle on any habitable surfaces where they will grow roots and form new mould.
Mold spores, though non-living particles will activate themself if they find good conditions: oxygen, moisture, the right temperature and nourishment. Mould can eat pretty much anything. Given this components mold spores can settle and put down roots as fast as 24-48h.
Why is mould a problem?
Mould is linked top allergies and produces harmfull chemicals such as Volatile Organic Compounds and mycotoxins. When living in a mould colony our immune system gets overrun and malfunctioning triggering a long list of symptoms: coughing, respiratory issues, running eyes/nose, skin rashez, muscular pain, digestive problems, loss of appetite, brain fog, chronic fatigue and others.
Do I have a mold problem?
It may take some time for the mould growth to be visible by the naked eye. Only when colonised enough it will become visible. The mould type and colour also plays an important role. Depending on the colour, some moulds blend in and become visible much later. Mold releases a musty, damp, earthy scent. If no other signs are present, this could be a good indicator that your house is contaminated. If none of those signs exist, that doesn't necessary mean there is no issue. In this case pay attention to what your body is telling you.
Mould in Bali
Due to ideal temperatures and high air moisture but also water infiltrations in the walls especially in the rainy season Bali, like any other tropical destination, struggles with indoor mould issues. Keeping mould under control is an ongoing process in such areas. Even if mould and spores are killed successfully, the problem will arise again after a while when new mould will form.