Termite Lawyer in Mount Pleasant, SC

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When you choose CDH for a termite damage attorney in Mount Pleasant, SC, you can rest easy knowing you're in confident, capable hands. Clients trust our law firm for termite damage cases because we have:

  • A Demonstrated Playbook of Strategies
  • A Proven Track Record of Successful Termite Cases
  • Substantial Termite Evidence Lockers with Experts and Depositions
  • Experience Handling Cases Across the Southeast United States
  • Manuals for Many Major Termite Control Companies

Unlike some termite damage law firms, our lawyers study the practices and policies of large termite control and home inspection companies. We use creative strategies to avoid unfair arbitration clauses and have devoted real resources to solving our client's claims.

Simply put, you can trust our termite damage attorneys with your case because we genuinely care about you as our client.

Whether you're a homeowner, commercial property owner, or a homeowner's association, know that you're not alone. If termites are causing damage to your property, don't let giant pest control chains or home inspection franchises take advantage of you. The cost of repairs should fall where it should - on the shoulders of the home inspection company, pest control company, or their insurers.

What Are the Signs of Termite Damage?

It's not always easy to spot the signs of termite damage, especially if you're an average person without much knowledge of the termite species. Plus, termites often wreak havoc in unseen areas like drywall, siding, and the framing of your house, so seeing damage isn't always easy. Despite those challenges, there are some common signs and areas for you to consider.

Some common signs of termite damage include:

  • Termite Swarms in Your Home
  • Discarded Termite Wings in Crawlspaces, Attics, or Other Areas
  • Small Holes or Pin Pricks in Walls
  • Mud Tunnels Running Along the Outer Walls of Your House
  • Dirt Falling Out of Cracks, Power Outlets, or Holes in Walls
  • Warped Doors and Windows

Some of the most common areas where termites do damage include:

  • In and Around Chimneys
  • Around the Bases of Outside Walls
  • In the Floors or Walls of Your Attic
  • In Your Crawlspace
  • Laundry, Bath, and Utility Rooms
  • The Floors and Sinks of Your Kitchen or Bathroom
  • Hollowed Out Wooden Areas Around Your Home

What Should I Do if I Find Termite Damage?

If you find termite damage in your home, it's best not to try and fix it yourself. Why? First, repairing damage from termites is a complicated, painstaking endeavor that requires a skilled, tedious approach. Spotting termite damage and knowing how to fix it requires a deep knowledge of how termites behave and live to get rid of them. Second, and perhaps most importantly, taking a DIY approach to termite damage may ruin your termite lawsuit.

That's true even if you have the skills and experience to do so. You might inadvertently destroy important evidence that is key to your case, which may ruin your chances of compensation for damages and poor work. Instead of trying to repair damage on your own, get a second opinion from a trusted inspector. Once your concerns are verified, it's time to call CDH Law Firm. Our experienced termite damage attorneys will dig into your case and discover if you're one of the thousands of people with grounds for filing a termite lawsuit.

Who Is at Fault for Termite Damage?

We get this question often at CDH Law Firm, though the answer is sometimes unclear. What we do know is that if you're looking for the max amount of compensation, we'll need to discover who was at fault. In some cases, it's easy to determine fault. For example, if you're a new homeowner, and a termite inspector or seller didn't inform you of an infestation, you may have grounds to sue.

However, things get more complex if you rent a home or bought a residence many years ago and have been using a pest control company for termite infestation. You could have grounds for a case against the pest control company, your landlord, or a different third party, depending on the circumstances of your case. That's why working with a termite attorney in Mount Pleasant, SC is so important - so they can investigate the details and damages associated with your infestation and determine who is accountable.

10 Common Excuses for Avoiding Termite Damage Liability

If you have trusted your home with a pest control company and encounter a termite issue, you might not get the help you expect, even if your claim is legitimate. With years of experience fighting big pest control companies and their insurers, we've heard just about every excuse in the book. If you're dealing with a termite problem, be wary if you hear any of the following excuses.

  • 01.The contract you signed releases our company of any liability.
  • 02.We can't help unless you sign a brand-new contract.
  • 03.There's moisture around the damaged areas of your home. We aren't responsible.
  • 04.We're under no obligation to discover hidden termite damage.
  • 05.We won't review your bond unless your property is re-treated.
  • 06.We don't have to pay because you have a re-treat-only contract.
  • 07.You need to pay for re-treatment because our chemicals or pesticides have worn off.
  • 08.You dug up our chemical barrier. Your infestation is not our fault.
  • 09.Our insurance company won't pay you. If you have a complaint, take it up with them.
  • 10.We'll cover the cost of fixing damage, but we won't open walls to see if more damage is present.

However, things get more complex if you rent a home or bought a residence many years ago and have been using a pest control company for termite infestation. You could have grounds for a case against the pest control company, your landlord, or a different third party, depending on the circumstances of your case. That's why working with a termite attorney in Mount Pleasant, SC is so important - so they can investigate the details and damages associated with your infestation and determine who is accountable.

Negligence

Can I Sue a Home Inspector for Negligence?

If your home inspector did not uphold their duties and obligations to you as the home buyer, you could most certainly sue a home inspector.

Unless your termite infestation was new when your home was inspected, it would be hard for a home inspector to miss it. If you just bought a house and you have discovered damage or signs of a termite infestation, contact CHSA Law today. Our team of termite damage attorneys may be able to prove that your inspector failed at spotting and reporting termite issues in your new home.

However, proving negligence is easier said than done without a lawyer by your side. Termite inspectors aren't always expected to find every bit of termite damage, and they're often not the final say in whether your home is damage-free. That's why, with CDH Law Firm as your advocate, we'll ask the hard-hitting questions needed to discover if your inspector missed termite damage for legitimate reasons or if they were careless and negligent. We'll help facilitate a second inspection if needed and will work tirelessly to earn you the compensation you deserve.

Breach

Can I Sue a Home Inspector for Breach of Contract?

You should know that even if your home inspector is legally negligent for missing termite damage or infestations, their liability will often be limited due to the language in their contract.

If your lawsuit doesn't have the proper foundation to prove negligence, your termite damage lawyer in Mount Pleasant, SC may be able to win compensation via breach of contract. In many circumstances, this is the best route to take if it's easier to prove that an inspector violated a contract. For example, suppose the home inspection contract you signed called for a whole-home inspection, and the inspector failed to survey your crawlspace or attic. In that case, you may have a viable claim in court.

At CDH Law Firm, we understand that every termite damage case situation is different. As such, we approach every case with a nuanced, multi-faceted strategy crafted with your best interests in mind.

Cobb, Dill, & Hammett Is Here When You Need Us Most

When a termite prevention company or home inspector is negligent and causes damage to your home, it's time to act fast. You need a trustworthy termite attorney in cityname, state by your side to take the proper steps toward getting compensation.

When you depend on CHSA Law, LLC, you'll receive personalized attention and proactive representation. That's because we make an intentional decision to limit our law firm's overall caseload. This allows us to better focus on our individual clients, many of whom remain with us for generations. We do not pass off cases to paralegals or junior associates but rather prioritize the attorney-client relationship.

We value compassion and integrity, and our practice reflects those values. If you're ready to take a stand, call our office today. Our termite damage lawyers will help create a better future for you, your family, or your business.

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Our Standard for Success: Headmaster JD Zubia at Palmetto Christian Academy

Tell me about your school. Palmetto Christian Academy (PCA) was established in 1992 as a ministry of East Cooper Baptist Church and has a current enrollment of 825 students in grades PK2-12. The school is a “covenant” Christian school, which means we seek to enter into a partnership with Christian parents who believe true flourishing for their children comes when the home, church and school are working together to provide biblical worldview training.What do you want families to know? We...

Tell me about your school. Palmetto Christian Academy (PCA) was established in 1992 as a ministry of East Cooper Baptist Church and has a current enrollment of 825 students in grades PK2-12. The school is a “covenant” Christian school, which means we seek to enter into a partnership with Christian parents who believe true flourishing for their children comes when the home, church and school are working together to provide biblical worldview training.

What do you want families to know? We want all families to know the biblical worldview we teach will provide our students with a way to answer life’s most important questions (How did I get here? What is my purpose? Is this all there is?), and how to deal with the issues and trials they will encounter throughout their lives.

We strive to provide the highest level of academics, fine arts and athletics, but as Christians we believe the truth in scripture that says, “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). Therefore, the spiritual formation of our students is the highest calling of our faculty and staff.

How does winning the Best Of feel for you? You’ve won many years. Why do you think that is? Winning one year is a fantastic feeling but winning for 10 years in a row is surreal. We are humbled by this honor! We are big fans of Mount Pleasant Magazine and know that this Best Of award comes from readers who love our town and vote for many wonderful organizations here. The fact that they feel like we are one of those, and for so many years in a row, makes us feel we have sustained a level of excellence that is appreciated by our PCA community.

What are you most proud of? I am most proud of how our team consistently strives to improve. We want to get better at everything we do. We try to stay on top of current educational issues, technology trends, operational best practices, athletic equipment upgrades, campus safety options and faculty and staff professional development. Most importantly, I am proud of the administrative team, faculty and staff members who understand that whatever they do they should work “as if working for the Lord and not for man” (Colossians 3:23).

Why do you think families love your school? I have to believe that families love our school because they know when they leave their children with us, they trust we will not only teach them but also shepherd, mentor and nurture them in the same way their parents would. We provide parents with experienced and loving teachers and coaches, nurses who care for their kids when they get sick, campus security officers who ensure that students are safe, a cafeteria crew that provides an amazing array of foods and a custodial staff that maintains our campus at a level of cleanliness second to none!

For more information, please visit palmettochristianacademy.org, or call 843-881-9967.

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Taverna Philosophia, the second business venture from business partners Justin Hunt and Dimitri Hatgidimitriou, brings brasserie style service to Mount Pleasant.Buy NowStaff deliver dishes to guests at Taverna Philosophia on Friday, January 26, 2024, in Mount Pleasant.Buy NowA branzino and local vermillion snapper cook on the grill at Taverna Philosophia on Friday, January 26, 2024, i...

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Next week’s topic: Fuzzy

From David AvRutick of Charleston: “This photo of the Pineapple Fountain in Waterfront Park was taken on January 3, 2018.”

From William Bunting of Summerville, “On the continent of Antarctica January 12, 2024. The temperature was -6 C.”

From Ronald Allan Charles of Goose Creek, “Bearded statue behind The Charleston Place Hotel during last hard freeze.”

From Bob Fetch of Kiawah Island, “Where can you find such a contrast? Icicles hanging off an alligator sign with a half frozen pond backed by palm trees. The Ocean Course on Kiawah post the 3rd largest snowfall in Charleston history. Picture taken on January 4, 2018.”

From Michelle Helferich of Summerville: “From the Jannuary 2018 winter storm: neighborhood kids (including my two) throwing snowballs on a frozen pond in Summerville.”

From Bill Lackner of Mount Pleasant, “This was taken in our driveway during a rare snow storm about 6 years ago. Snow shovels were as common as hen’s teeth.”

From Nancyjean Nettles of Charleston: “This great blue heron was shaking off the snow in our backyard, showing his fluffy self during the 2018 snow storm in Charleston. The temperatures were well below freezing for such an extended period of time that I had to chop holes in the ice on the lake to allow the wading birds to get food.”

From Robert Peterson of Summerville, “I spent one minute laying on an ice flow, I would be frozen. It was very cold, but this harbor seal seemed to be enjoying it. I took this somewhere along Resurrection Bay Alaska near the outflow of a glacier.”

From Wayne Putman of Summerville, “My wife Cynthia in the igloo in Fairbanks, AK, July 2007 at the Fairbanks Ice Museum. Inside the museum it’s kept at 10 degrees.”

From Phil Saul of Mount Pleasant, “I woke up to a near blizzard while attending a conference at Nemacolin in southwestern Pennsylvania. Looked cold, was cold!”

From Tom Taylor of Mount Pleasant, “I just got back from a cruise in Antarctica on the Atlas Navigator Cruiselines. This is just one photo of the sea life we saw in the frigid South Pole area of Antarctica. The whale doesn’t even notice how cold it is. We enjoyed a Pod of about 40 whales swimming around our ship this day. That same day I did the ‘real’ Polar Plunge in 30 degree water.”

From Monica Vaughan of Aiken, “This photo was taken at Woodside Country Club in Aiken SC. It was a cold day in February 2010 when we had a 4 inch accumulation of snow.”

One of the great things about having grown children is no longer being involved with their school homework. Bet you didn’t see that observation coming. Full disclosure, I was never saddled with too much of that responsibility, for two reasons. One, I worked nights, and two, my much-smarter wife was extremely good at it.

From time to time, I might be asked about writing a topical sentence or pronouncing a multisyllabic word, but when it came to math — well, let’s just say it didn’t add up for me to get involved.

I managed to survive algebra and geometry in high school, but my brain seemed far more equipped to handle subject/verb agreement than whether x and y could ever equal z.

Oh yeah, and those word problems that often appeared on various tests always seemed impossible to decipher as a left-brained individual. For instance: If Joe and Mary were on a train to Chicago traveling 60 miles an hour, how long would it be before Joe could buy a hot dog at Wrigley Field?

There’s a chance I may have left out a couple of key components to that question, but that’s how I remember it.

Meet the 2-dums

I was happy to hear my granddaughter recently reciting her multiplication tables. I wasn’t totally aware those memorization techniques were still in use.

I immediately thought she might benefit from knowing about a certain Beverly Hillbilly mathematician known as Jethro Bodine. As a nearly 20-year-old fourth grader, it was Jethro who called learning to multiply as “2-dums.” He would say: 2-dum 2 is 4, 2-dum 4 is 8, and so on.

This made my granddaughter smile and she immediately ran off to share this silly story with her father. My work there was done. It was clearly a teachable moment.

Divided we fall

We all learn different lessons at different stages. We’re also prone to learn as much from our home environment as we do from the classroom.

Children absolutely soak up the language, the tones of conversation and attitudes concerning others, as much from the supper table as they do from the teacher’s smart board.

Mount Pleasant weighing ban on new slab-built homes in flood zones

The Town of Mount Pleasant is considering a ban on new slab-built single-family homes in flood zones. Also known as “slab-on-grade” or “fill-and-build” construction, the method involves placing homes directly on a concrete slab foundation, which can make those buildings vulnerable to flooding.The practice can also create a domino effect that impacts adjacent homeowners. When trying to ensure new homes reach a certain elevation above sea level, developers often will raise a plot by importing dirt. That practice,...

The Town of Mount Pleasant is considering a ban on new slab-built single-family homes in flood zones. Also known as “slab-on-grade” or “fill-and-build” construction, the method involves placing homes directly on a concrete slab foundation, which can make those buildings vulnerable to flooding.

The practice can also create a domino effect that impacts adjacent homeowners. When trying to ensure new homes reach a certain elevation above sea level, developers often will raise a plot by importing dirt. That practice, multiplied across an entire development, can dramatically shift the hydrology of an area and worsen flooding. Developers often clear-cut trees and other plant life that help capture and control flood water — further complicating an already problematic situation.

Charleston City Council approved an essentially identical ban in April. It was a years-in-the-making policy that involved input from local environmental organizations and developers, according to the Southern Environmental Law Center, one of the ban’s key supporters.

Mount Pleasant’s ban would only bar new slab-built homes in the 100-year floodplain. Those are areas that have a 1 percent probability of flooding in any given year.

The proposed ban would go into effect July 1, six months after Charleston’s takes effect. Katherine Gerling, Mount Pleasant’s floodplain manager, said the proposed timing of the ban was intentional.

“This effective date was chosen to kind of see how the city of Charleston is going to manage their ordinance,” Gerling said at a Dec. 13 meeting of Mount Pleasant’s planning commission, where the proposal was under consideration.

Planning Commission member Adam Ferrara expressed concerns that the ban could make it more difficult to build affordable housing in Mount Pleasant, which has seen rising rents and home costs as a result of a decadeslong population boom. Mount Pleasant’s population has roughly tripled since 1990.

“Just bear in mind, that does kind of go against the narrative of trying to build workforce housing that is single-family,” Ferrara said at the meeting. “That does create a cost burden to builders and to homeowners. I’m not saying that’s right or wrong, I’m just saying that is a result of what we’re doing.”

Despite those concerns, the commission passed the measure unanimously. The ban still needs approval from Mount Pleasant Town Council.

Also at the Dec. 13 meeting, planning commission members voted unanimously in support of a measure extending restrictions on new residential construction in Mount Pleasant. Town leaders enacted that measure in 2019 to curb traffic and strain on local resources in the growing suburbs.

“In response to people that said, ‘We need to have all this development because it’s the only way we’re going to keep real estate reasonable,’ — they are wrong,” commission member Kathy Smith said. “That argument only works when the supply and demand curves are in a state of equilibrium. As long as we are net positive in demand in Mount Pleasant, no matter what we do, prices will go up. You can build until your brains blow out, and the prices will go up.”

The proposed ban would extend the restrictions, which would only permit up to 600 new residences annually, until January 2029. The restrictions also still need approval from the full town council.

Mount Pleasant one vote away from limiting home building permits until 2029

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - The town of Mount Pleasant is looking to extend limiting building permits for another five years in an effort to slow growth down and build infrastructure up.A proposal to extend the building permit allocation system was presented at a planning commission meeting Wednesday night with one more final vote left from the town council.As people continue to move to the Lowcountry, the town of Mount Pleasant put this building permit allocation into effect back in 2019 and is now looking to extend it until...

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - The town of Mount Pleasant is looking to extend limiting building permits for another five years in an effort to slow growth down and build infrastructure up.

A proposal to extend the building permit allocation system was presented at a planning commission meeting Wednesday night with one more final vote left from the town council.

As people continue to move to the Lowcountry, the town of Mount Pleasant put this building permit allocation into effect back in 2019 and is now looking to extend it until 2029.

“The council is very serious about maintaining our level of service,” Mount Pleasant’s Director of Planning, Land Use and Neighborhoods Michelle Reed says.

“Keeping the growth slowed down, the way they have the last five years, and slowing that growth rate down, has really allowed them to continue the levels of service that we provide to our citizens,” she adds.

The goal is to finish major capital improvement projects before allowing more growth to happen in the town.

“I think the idea is really to allow the town to continue with their infrastructure improvements and to catch up with all the growth that occurred over the years,” Reed says.

The system is broken down into three categories single-family units, accessory dwelling units and multifamily units with a certain number of permits to be issued on a semi-annual basis.

Reed says they never maxed out single-family permits with 480 available and a large amount carrying over into the next year, not really affecting single-family builds.

But if you want to add another dwelling unit to your property, only 20 permits are available each year with a large waitlist putting people on a list for July of 2024.

Five hundred multifamily units were available on a first come first serve basis when the system was put into place, with the permits going quickly to builds at Patriots Point and South Bay.

“Those are the two really that were most affected; your average person that’s coming here and is going to build a single-family home, really didn’t affect them,” Reed says.

But looking at the status of real estate in Mount Pleasant, Charleston Trident Association of Realtors Government Affairs Director Josh Dix says they find the most problems with the dwelling unit permits.

“You have this permit allocation taking place on single-family residential, but it extends beyond just single family,” Dix says. “It’s if you want to add a grandmother, in-law suite, or some duplex on a single-family lot, all of that is contained by this extension.”

Dix adds people are going to be priced out of the area with regulations like the building permit allocation system.

“You have folks in Mount Pleasant, this is an aging demographic, and we want them to be able to age in place,” he says.

“I think permit allocations and caps like what we’re seeing in Mount Pleasant is not the answer to keeping communities and residents in place, where they currently live and exist in their neighborhoods,” Dix adds.

Pricing is also affected, with single-family homes in Mount Pleasant that used to cost $500,000 are now in the millions, Dix says.

“The everyday, middle American that lives here in Charleston, they are being priced out of Mount Pleasant because of these onerous regulations,” he says.

Mount Pleasant Town Council will vote on the final approval for the permit building allocation system in January.

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Hamlin settlement community asks Mount Pleasant officials to stop new development

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — Saving Hamlin.That's the message from people living in the Hamlin Beach Community who showed up at Mount Pleasant Town Hall Wednesday night. The town’s planning commission voted to recommend the town council deny a rezoning request that would allow for new development.Hamlin settleme...

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — Saving Hamlin.

That's the message from people living in the Hamlin Beach Community who showed up at Mount Pleasant Town Hall Wednesday night. The town’s planning commission voted to recommend the town council deny a rezoning request that would allow for new development.

Hamlin settlement community asks Mount Pleasant officials to stop new development (WCIV)

Multiple people dressed in red brought up their concerns with this possible rezoning to the planning commission.

“We are wearing this red because this is the blood, sweat, and tears that our ancestors have shed to get this land, keep this land,” said Myra Richardson. “And we are also still shedding blood, sweat, and tears to preserve, protect, and keep it for our children, and our great-grandchildren and everybody to come.”

Richardson told News 4 that a move like this would devastate Hamlin.

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Hamlin Beach is one of Charleston County’s many settlement communities seeking protection for its land, but people say it’s more than just that. They say it’s preserving the roots of the Gullah Geechee culture spanning for decades.

“I’m 51 years old, and I still live on the land, and I can trace my history back to my great-great-grandfather who was a slave living on that land,” said Cassandra Davis.

Land that could be rezoned, giving developers the green light to build new homes.

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Mount Pleasant’s planning commission unanimously decided to recommend denying the zoning request. That recommendation will go to the town council and a final vote will be in its members’ hands.

People living in Hamlin hope the council will also choose to protect their homes.

“Once they come in, one little project at a time, it'll be something that overflows, and it'll be uncontrollable. If you allow one person to do it, then you're not going to be able to deny the next applicant that comes through,” Richardson said.

Richardson said she also worries about development causing traffic and flooding issues. She thinks the rezoning request was extremely vague and fears it would give developers too much power.

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“You don't know what they want, you don't know what they were planning.”

The planning commission said it’s learning it must shift its focus to protecting the area’s neighborhoods; something the people of Hamlin are grateful for.

“They have just really come together with one sound, one voice to make sure that communities like the Hamlin Beach Community is protected,” Davis said.

The planning commission also mentioned Hamlin Beach is working to get its historic designation, and they wouldn’t want something like a new development to hinder that process.

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