Construction Defects happen!

Most of the time, these are honest mistakes and simply need to be fixed by the builder.  It is unlikely that the cabinet maker was aware of the termite infestation at the time of installation but it simply just happened that the batch of wood had termites.  The Homeowner deserves to get what he paid for and no more and no less.  Termite free kitchen and bath Cabinets seems reasonable.  Unfortunately the situation did not resolve without Attorney involvement and ultimately Steve Andrews Story made an impact as well.  The Builder is attempting to resolve this matter through insurance and hopefully my Client will be made whole in the near future.  My concern lies with what damage may be hidden after unsuccessful treatments for nearly two years.  I am also concerned that other homeowners did not receive cabinets from the same batch and similarly have termite problems.  Many people would not even be aware the termites were there.  If you notice small piles of what appears to be sawdust in or around your cabinets, this is called “Frass” and it is the droppings left after the termites digest the wood.  A lot of damage can be done before it becomes visible and the homeowner even becomes aware that they may have a problem.



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John McMenamin, P.A.
John McMenamin is a licensed Tampa attorney and has been a member of the Florida State Bar Association since 2002. Prior to that time, he worked with his past firm in many capacities when not in school, since 1991. John grew up In the small town of Geneva, NY, in the heart of what is now the Finger Lakes wine Country until later moving between Florida And NJ. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck/Hackensack, NJ in 1998 then returned to Florida to start law school at Nova Southeastern in Davie, Florida. After graduation in 2002, he was employed By Marshall & LeValley in New Port Richey, representing clients throughout Florida, which later became LeValley & Napolitano and finally LeValley, Napolitano & McMenamin, P.L. In 2010. As of 2013, he joined Marshall, Thomas & Burnett for a brief time until Summer 2014. In October 2014, John saw the opportunity to provide a broader scope of legal representation in a more personalized small firm. He has lived in Tarpon Springs with his wife and two children since 2005.