When making a decision about specifying options for the abatement of Mold, Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) or Lead-Based Paints (LBP), clients can choose from four EPA listed and accepted abatement methods, these are: (a) removal and replacement, (b) enclosure, (c) encapsulation, and (d) encasement.
Billions of dollars have been spent removing ACM and LBP from schools, homes and commercial buildings built prior to 1978. We’ve now learned that removal and replacement of these hazardous materials from a building requires extensive demolition, can trigger code upgrades and can require long-term relocation of occupants.
Recent US Government studies on asbestos removal actions conclude; occupant relocation expenses are often equal to the cost of abatement by removal and replacement.
Encasement became a U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) accepted abatement action in July 1990 when the EPA issued Publication no. 20T-2003, the “Management Planners Guideline for Managing Asbestos in Place”. Encasement is described as; directly covering the ACM with a liquid applied, hard-setting sealing material that forms a monolithic, seamless jacket that totally encloses (encases) the ACM, leaving zero air-gap.
The goal of all Lead-Based Paint remediation work is to produce a LEAD-SAFE surface while not disturbing hazardous materials or dust. This is achieved through the two-step encasement process. First step is to stabilize the surfaces with SE-110 Penetrating-Stabilizer. When dry, this is followed by over-coating with SE-120 Protective-Skin. These materials bond together forming a flexible, long-lasting composite protective jacket-like membrane or barrier.
Where possible, non-disruptive “Management-In-Place” asbestos or lead abatement methods are recommended by the US EPA, OSHA and HUD. The hazardous risks associated with ACM and/or LBP can be safely and affordably abated through application of SAFE Encasement Systems. Limited Warranties are available for up to 20-Years.
Markets for Encasement
- Renovation, Restoration, and Remodeling
- Demolition and Historical Preservation
- Hospitals, Industrial and Commercial
- Private and Public Schools, Colleges and Universities
- Residential, Affordable & Public Housing
- Industrial & Food Processing
- Municipalities & Government Facilities
Proven Areas for Encasement
- Asbestos Fireproofing on Steel or Concrete (Management-In-Place Abatement Planning)
- Abatement of Lead-Based Paint Exposure Risks (Lead-SAFE Surface)
- Mold & Mildew Remediation
- Air Quality Improvement (Cleaner, Safer – Indoor Air Quality in Plenums & Ducts)
- Corrosion Control, Preventative Maintenance Repairs on Boilers & Steam Pipes
- Telephone Control Rooms, Elevator Shafts, Electrical Control & Computer Rooms
Concerns Solved with Encasement
Fiber Exposure Abatement with Encasement is a highly cost effective Abatement Option, initial savings of 40% to 80% Vs. Removal and Replacement, with Great Short & Long-Term Benefits for building owners.
SAFE Encasement Systems Comply with Uniform Building Codes, “Class A” Fire Rated and Passed ASTM E1795-97, E84, E162, E662, E1494 & E119.
A Safer Abatement Method, when Properly Installed – Does Not Disturb Dust or Fibers as Encasement Systems Safely Stabilize, Seal and Enclose Asbestos and Lead Hazard Surfaces Found in pre-1978 Homes, Schools or Commercial Properties.
Mold and mildew resistance (passes ASTM D-3273/D-3274) without any EPA- Registered pesticides, thereby avoiding risks of possible allergic reactions to pesticide fumes that escape into the indoor environment and living spaces.
Applicators do not need to be certified/registered/licensed pesticide applicators. When used in Schools, parental notification is not required.
SAFE Encasement Systems are Tough, Long- Lasting and cure to form a Seamless, Waterproof Protective Enclosure (Jacket) that Remains Highly-Flexible and has Lt’d Warranty for up to 20-Years.
Encasement is Environmentally Sound as Minimal (if any) Hazardous Waste Materials are Generated.
Encasement Materials are Water-Based, Non-toxic & Solvent-Free making them Safe to Store, Easy to Use and Cleanup is with Soap and Water.