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