Abatement by Encasement: Safeguarding People while Saving MoneyTM

Veterans Hospice Home – Minnesota

Case History


Veterans Home




A Midwest state veteran’s hospice is cited by the local DOH for mold and mildew on a pipe that runs through out the mechanical rooms, the common and individual rooms throughout the facility. The estimated cost for removal and replacement was $150,000.00. This non-budgeted, unexpected expense was considered out of the question for both its cost and the expected impact on the workings of this busy facility. Yet a pressing timetable must be met as per the citation. The mold is a result of condensation thorough the insulation, and forms during the cooling season.


Obvious dirt and mold concentrations were cleaned with a mildewcide containing cleaner. Then all affected surfaces were coated with SE-110 Penetrating-Stabilizing (primer). Areas where gaps in the insulated surface existed were filled with SE-151 Caulk or covered with SE-SAT (Self-Adhesive Tape). Then SE-120 Protective-Skin (topcoat) was applied.Because of the nature of the many pipe runs, all the coatings were brush applied. This SAFE Encasement System passes the relevant mold and mildew ASTM’s D-3273, 3274 with-out the addition of an EPA registered pesticide, reducing the concern for inhabitants reacting to this chemical. Now this Veteran’s facility has a washable surface that resists the growth of mold and mildew, with the project completed for 1/3rd the cost of removal and replacement.