What Causes Termites to Enter a Home?
In Maryland, the subterranean termite is common and very destructive. These insects live underground in moist soil and consume wood near or on the ground, but they will often enter homes in search of new food sources. Termites are particularly attracted to things that contain cellulose, like firewood, mulch, some fabrics and paper, and they will come inside a home if such items are easily accessible. Subterranean termites require constant moisture to avoid dehydration, so wetland areas provide hospitable environments for them to live and breed in, making these areas more susceptible to infestations.
Seek Legal Help if the Maryland Home You Purchased Has Subterranean Termites
If you recently purchased a home, the last thing you want to find is a termite infestation. Termites are destructive insects, and when left unchecked, they can cause extensive and expensive damage to wood structures. Finding termites in your Maryland home means that, as a result of another party’s incompetence or neglect, you could be forced to spend thousands of dollars on repairing the damage by hiring a termite damage repair contractor. However, before you do so, get legal help from our Maryland termite lawyers. We offer Legal Consultations.
The attorneys at Whitney, LLP will work hard to help you get compensated for your termite damage repair costs. Our team obtained a $1,068,750 termite damage verdict in 2019 against a termite inspection company that committed fraud and negligence. We focus our practice on helping homeowners sue negligent termite damage contractors, real estate agents, home sellers and others who fail to disclose or treat and repair termite damage correctly. An investigative report by Barry Simms of WBAL demonstrates how we have helped homeowners get the compensation they deserved.
Competent Termite Inspectors Should Recognize Signs of Termites in Maryland Homes
Subterranean termites enter homes and other wood structures through cracks in the foundations, floors and walls to feed. They may construct mud tubes that help them avoid predators and protect them from dehydration during their travels. These tubes are visible on wood in crawl spaces or on foundations and should alert any competent termite damage contractors or inspectors that there is a subterranean termite infestation.
Additionally, termites may make their way into your home through wood items or plants that have contact with your walls. You may notice other signs of an infestation, such as holes in the drywall, peeling paint, discoloration, loose tiles and floorboards or maze-like patterns in furniture. If you have discovered termite damage in your recently purchased Maryland home, contact Whitney, LLP to request a legal consultation.
A Maryland Termite Lawyer Can Handle Your Damage Claim
The costs of repair after an infestation can often reach five and even six figures. However, you do not have to deal with the financial burden if your Maryland home’s termite damage was the result of someone else’s negligence. If a termite inspector, real estate agent, landlord or other party was responsible for failing to disclose or failing to eradicate a termite infestation, they can be held liable for the damages that you have incurred.
You do not have to worry about facing this issue alone. Whitney, LLP has the experience to determine who is responsible for the damage, and our attorneys will fight for compensation on your behalf. Request a legal consultation through our website’s contact form or call Whitney, LLP at 410-583-8000 today.