CEI LABS, Inc.
Laboratory Excellence Since 1987

Microbiology Department

Microbiology Department

Microbiology TestingCEI has been providing microbiology testing for mold and other indoor air quality (IAQ) parameters since 2001. CEI is AIHA-LAP, LLC accredited for environmental microbiology for the direct examination of fungi for air. Our laboratory staff includes experienced microbiologists and a CIH Lab Director available to answer questions and interpret laboratory results. Sampling supplies are available at a nominal cost.

Testing is available 24/7, 365 days per year.

Non-Viable Mold

  • Non-Viable Mold 1
  • Non-Viable Mold 2
  • Non-Viable Mold 3

Non-viable analysis by direct microscopy is the most widely used method to identify mold spores because it is convenient and cost effective. The disadvantage of non-viable testing is that mold spores can be more difficult to identify to the genus level.

  • Surface Tape Lift, Bulk, Swab Direct Microscopy
  • Airborne Sporetrap, Air O Cell, Allergenco-D Direct Microscopy

Viable Mold

  • Viable Mold 1
  • Viable Mold 2
  • Viable Mold 3

Viable analysis using standard mycology practices provides a more accurate identification of mold spores because the cultured samples are more easily identifiable to the genus level. The disadvantage of viable testing is that it takes 7 to 14 days to culture samples and often not all the mold spore types proliferate.

  • Bulk Bulk, Dust Standard Mycology
  • Airborne Andersen Sampler, Impactor Standard Mycology
  • Surface Swab Standard Mycology

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

IAQ analysis can be performed for dust characterization, allergens, and a number of other IAQ contaminants. Microscopy techniques vary depending on the sample type.

  • Dust Characterization Direct Microscopy
  • Allergens Mite and Animal Advanced Biotechnology
  • Bacteria Sewer and Various Standard Bacteriology