What is Temporary Lead Encapsulation?

Lead encapsulation refers to covering up or containing a surface coated in lead-based paint. Encapsulation is generally safer for workers to complete than removal, is less costly and requires less downtime. Lead encapsulation methods include:

  • Sealing in the lead hazard by using encapsulation paint
  • Attaching adhesive barriers to the surface of an asset coated in lead-based paint
  • Isolating the lead hazard by building a structure around it

Also, remember that lead encapsulation is a temporary fix. Even coats of encapsulation paint only last a few years. The costs of constant assessments and recoats add up. Hard barriers and built structures also won't last forever. At some point, a lead hazard must be permanently addressed.

What is Permanent Lead Removal or Abatement?

The ideal way to combat lead hazards is to eliminate them completely. While lead removal is more costly and subject to greater government regulation, it is a permanent solution that eliminates the possibility that people or the environment will be impacted by lead hazards.

Removal methods include:

  • Blasting a surface with sand or other abrasive materials
  • Blasting a surface using ultra high-pressure water jetting
  • Removing coatings with chemical paint strippers
  • Or removing the painted surface all together

Keep in mind, while some asset owners may be skittish about the large up-front investment lead removal requires, long-term cost analyses show that a one-time removal of lead hazards is cheaper over time than continuous encapsulation. We know your needs may vary, and we are happy to help you with encapsulation or abatement.