Abatement by Encasement: Safeguarding People while Saving MoneyTM

United Church of Christ – Cornwell, CT

Case History


United Church of Christ


Cornwell, CT


This church building has damaged, loose and flaking paint and had become an item they wanted to fix. The client assumed that the paint contained lead and the decision makers were looking for a long-term solution while adding weatherization and sealing to prevent air or rain intrusion while saving energy.


After seeing the results obtained when a test-patch was installed, the client chose to specify a SAFE Encasement System to make these surfaces Lead-Safe while restoring the building’s appearance. The contractor used wet-removal techniques to remove any loose or badly damaged paint, and then all these surfaces were stabilized and sealed with SE-110 Penetrating-Stabilizer. Next all the damaged and missing caulk was replaced using SE-151 Architectural-Sealant. When thoroughly dry, all of these surfaces were over-coated with SE-120 Protective-Skin, completing the encasement process. The encasement method to abate these surfaces saved the client time and money while minimizing the risk of exposure to hazardous dust. The job was complicated by having to deal with numerous bats, mosquitoes and an infestation of bee hives in the steeple.