SEMCO Services, Inc. is a family owned business serving the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1996.
Headquartered in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, our crews can work anywhere in Virginia on projects both large and small.
We serve all sectors of the construction industry--institutional, industrial, commercial, and residential.
We provide turn-key results as a direct contractor to owners and often as a subcontractor to many Virginia general contractors.
The above picture is typical of the type of work we do.
We perform selective demolition and mechanical demolition.
but welcome inquiries on small to mid-sized projects involving full demolition.
We also specialize in hazardous materials, including asbestos or lead abatement and mold remediation.
Our highly skilled teams are capable and prepared to handle additional construction-related tasks.
Call us for free estimates on your construction needs in any of our fields of expertise.
For many years, asbestos was a preferred insulator and was also used in mastic that bonded other materials together. But it was discovered that asbestos fibers when breathed into the lungs, can cause cancer and other dangerous lung conditions. Thus, owners now have to eliminate asbestos in buildings they are planning to renovate, or even take down.
In the USA, the EPA strictly governs the removal and disposal of asbestos. SEMCO has been a leading asbestos abatement contractor in Virginia since 1996, over a quarter of a century. We are capable and experienced in all the accepted methods of asbestos abatement, and are capable of handling projects as small as a renovation of a single room in a home, and as large as a complete renovation or modernization of a group of university buildings.
Molds are a part of our natural environment. They can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on, and they can have devastating effects on your lungs if they are inhaled. There is no practical way to totally eliminate the spores that they grow from. If you have mold in your home or other building, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture that can promote new growth from spores.
SEMCO has been a go-to contractor for mold remediation for over fifteen years. Our project managers can discuss your situation with you, assess the severity of your mold problem, and recommend what actions you might want to take. If you decide to hire SEMCO to help you deal with mold, you can count on our personnel to know what they are doing and to do it thoroughly, with care, and with consideration for not damaging your property.
For a long time, lead-based paint was the standard for a variety of uses. It was then discovered that lead was dangerous to humans, even in very small quantities, and especially to children. Thus, the new use of lead paint was eliminated from the US marketplace. However, one of the main ways that lead causes health risks occurs when the lead, already in place, is disturbed. Thus, removing lead paint can create problems with lead dust, lead fumes, and toxic waste disposal. For this reason, lead paint must be abated in areas where construction activity is to take place, and it must be done by carefully controlled methods.
SEMCO has over 15 years of experience and expertise in abatement of lead paint in construction. For eight years Jim Haltigan, our founder, has been the lead contractor member of the Virginia State Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors. If you have a lead paint problem, SEMCO is your go-to contractor for remediation.
The word "demolition" brings to mind an image of tearing down buildings, clearing the space for new construction to replace the old. However, most demolition is not total removal. Rather, most demolition that takes place in construction is the removal of what is no longer needed in order to renovate, modernize, and upgrade a structure to suit new needs and new equipment.
SEMCO does not usually do total structure demolition. We are capable of doing that, but our focus is on the more specialized fields called selective demolition and mechanical demolition. Selective demo entails the removal of parts of the structure, frequently in the interior, to enable new construction in place. The mechanical demo focuses on the removal of parts (or all) of the mechanical equipment, such as HVAC units and ducts, pumps and related piping, motors, etc.
At the small end of the spectrum, this type of job could be the first step for a homeowner to add an extension to his home; for example, cutting through the inner and outer walls where the extension will connect, including removal of ceilings and floors in the affected areas.
A much larger project might be, for example, the expansion and simultaneous renovation of a major hospital. In a recent hospital project, SEMCO cut through the outer walls, removing panels, where an extension would connect to the existing building. We took out many of the windows and doors inside the affected area, and created new openings in other walls, to enable the construction contractor to reconfigure the interior spaces. We removed many of the floor coverings for the installation of new floors. We cut sections out of concrete pads and floors to enable the rerouting of utilities.
If you are contemplating renovating or adding to a building or other structure, whether your project is large or small, SEMCO should be your go-to contractor for that first step--the demo you need in preparation for the new work.