CEI 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 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 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