Microbial Air Quality - bacteria, molds, yeast, mildew - 3 locations in a house $142.50
wet basements and crawl spaces provide moisture for microbial growth. Fungal and
bacterial spores are respiratory allergens for many people causing sneezing, wheezing,
itchy eyes, runny nose.
Legionella can be found in poorly chlorinated spas and hot tubs as well as air conditioning
cooling towers, humidifiers, therapy pools, moist soil and water. The bacteria can
cause Legionaire’s disease or Pontiac Fever ($95 per sample).
Enterococci are enumerated to determine the pollution content of marine (salt) water
just as E. coli is used for fresh water (lakes, ponds, rivers) to determine if water
is safe for recreational use such as swimming, fishing etc. ($60 per sample).
Pseudomonas is ubiquitous in water, soil, plants and can cause swimmer's dermatitis
as well as respiratory infections, urinary tract infections ($65 per sample).
Giardia is a parasite causing extreme gastrointestinal infections contracted by drinking
contaminated water. Initial screening test is $47.50, cost $295 for a complete test.
Algae grows in any water with sunlight. Common in ponds. Many cause complete coverage
of pond surface. Identification $95.
Testing for inorganic chemicals
Pond, lake, aquarium chemical testing including copper, fertilizers, ammonia, sulfates,
pH, iron, hardness, others. Cost is $85. Determines if water is suitable for fish.
Heavy metals - arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, selenium, silver,
uranium and other metals cost $25-55 each.
Hair analysis - metal poisoning symptoms are numerous and not limited to chronic
fatigue, malaise, aches and pains and mental confusion. A noninvasive test on your
hair will place you in a quintile for each toxic metal relative to the general population.
Cost is $150.
Full-service laboratory with a number of specialties
Testing for organic chemicals
Oil and grease includes heating oil, diesel, kerosene and other oils and greases
in water. Cost is $125.
Gasoline in water cost $125.
Antifreeze in water near junkyards, landfills. $30
Pesticides, herbicides costs vary. Ask about general families or a specific pesticide.
Sharp organic odor in your water? Inquire for appropriate tests.