Professional Smoke Damage Restoration Services for Artwork, Antiques and Collectibles in Woolsey Fire, Malibu, Los Angeles

In the aftermath of fire in residential areas, once everyone and their pets have been accounted for and taken care of, the next human concern turns to finding and caring for items that represent the history of the person and/or family, their history and legacy. Items of value follow close behind in importance. How do you take care of your “stuff.” With 100,000’s of people evacuated, you can imagine the heightened concern for the safety of these types of close to the heart items. Once again, I don’t want to minimize the greater importance of life but, our specialty, expertise and profession are specific to helping you save, protect and restore your cherished family history items, collectibles, and art objects of value.

After the Thomas fire, not even 12 months ago, and the following mudslides in Montecito, CA the disaster response division of Fine Art Conservation Laboratories wrote up 60 proposals for insurance companies to estimate and propose the clean up and restoration procedures of 7,000 – 8,000 art related items of value.

Those concerned for the proper care, preservation and restoration of art related objects, antiques, family history items from the Woolsey fires can be confident to find empathetic experienced professionals to provide proper professional help.

Fine Art Conservation Laboratories has a special division of services to offer to disaster response companies, insurance companies and directly to collectors and owners to help respond professionally to the care, restoration and conservation of artwork, collectibles, keepsakes and antiques: Here’s a quick video:

We help compile inventories and reports for insurance reporting.

We can re-hang the artwork and secure art objects for seismic safety.

We are prepared to handle the logistics and treatments of many items at once. We are easy to communicate with and we can provide door to door service even over long distances.

As I write this the two most destructive fires in SOCal, the Camp Fire in Butte County is 45% contained, the Woolsey Fire in the Malibu and Thousand Oaks areas is 75% contained. Total for loss of life, structure loss and damage etc are not estimated yet. The Thomas Fire in the Ventura and Santa Barbara areas at the end of 2017 was classified as the largest wildfire (acreage) in the history of California. Over 1000 structures were lost in the firestorm driven by 40-70 mph winds in the backcountry which threatened densely populated areas prompting the mandatory evacuation of more than 16,000 residents with many more voluntarily leaving for more that a couple of weeks. Even though the fire was not driven into the cities, the wind blew smoke and ash onto 100,000s of local residents and polluted skies northward past San Francisco, 600 miles away.

In our recent past, we assisted families with requests for evaluations and inspections of smoked artwork, sculptures, family photos, model train sets, ceramics and collectibles… all of the cherished items that make up a family’s heritage and history. Once such family has been in the railroad business for 4 generations and you can image that connection they feel with their family’s memorabilia! What a heartbreak to see the damage… and the smell!!! But what a wonderful moment to share with them how everything can be cleaned up to good and new.

Let’s Talk! Contact us:

Scott M. Haskins

805 564 3438 office, 805 570 4140 mobile,

Double cleaning of an oil painting

This painting required a double cleaning in order to remove the smoke and debris “safely.” No original paint was removed and the full value was returned.

Here are some testimonials and examples

of our work with other disaster response companies:

Smoke Damage (Testimonial):

Water Damage (Testimonial Mrs. Dau):

Water Damage (Testimonial Las Vegas):

Damage in Storage – Rip Repair:

Expert Author – Tom Antion Hurricane Testimonial:

Water Damaged Paintings:

Water damaged art treatment – blog:

Smoke Damage – Elite Restoration – Blog Post:

Let’s Talk! Contact us:

Scott M. Haskins

805 564 3438 office, 805 570 4140 mobile,

About Scott M. Haskins

Scott Haskins has been in professional art conservation since 1975, specializing in the conservation/restoration of easel paintings, murals and art on paper. FACL, Inc. is known nationally for doing A+ work no matter the size or difficulty of the project. We are happy to do a quick cleaning on a family heirloom. Our client list and resume is also full of very satisfied clients of large, difficult/complicated projects at remote locations. Excellent services are also available as an Expert Witness/Legal Testimony in art related matters. Consultation on art related projects occur regularly including extensive insurance evaluations for insured or insurer. Services are offered worldwide. Scott M. Haskins is also author of the "Save Your Stuff" series, educational information, materials and supplies to help people protect and save their treasured family heirlooms and collectibles at home and office. He can be reached at 805 564 3438. Video and written testimonials at
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17 Responses to Professional Smoke Damage Restoration Services for Artwork, Antiques and Collectibles in Woolsey Fire, Malibu, Los Angeles

  1. Summer Bowman says:

    Thanks for this info and your professional services. We look forward to seeing you Fri.

  2. Bettina Smithson says:

    These guys took our call and responded right away. We are badly in need to help with our art and antiques. Thanks.

  3. Bobbie Strunk says:

    FACL worked with our art movers and storage to get everything cleaned up. They are the best as referred to us by Rita Amendola, an appraiser in West LA.

    • Scott M. Haskins says:

      Thanks Bobbie for the nice comment. Andrew came back from his visit this afternoon and was very complimentary about everyone involved. We are enjoying working with you very much.

  4. Bette Struble says:

    Our house too got the plants and trees burned right up to the house in the Thomas Fire. Our guardian angel was on duty! Your work on our outdoor fountain and artwork was 1st class. Best wishes to everyone recovering. These guys know what they are doing.

  5. Betsey Stubbs says:

    The fire came so close to our house but missed our house but burned all our vegetation around the house. Thanks for your help.

    • Scott M. Haskins says:

      Betsey, What an ordeal you folks have been through! Glad we could connect and we look forward to seeing you again soon to make progress with the clean up of your art.

  6. Bethel Studer says:

    Thanks for your assistance with our insurance company. We couldn’t have gotten such a good response from them without your help.

  7. Bethany Stump says:

    FACL is the best! They will take good care of you and your stuff.

  8. Scott M. Haskins says:

    I know it’s a difficult time, Sam. Glad we could provide some help to you.

  9. Beth Sturgill says:

    Your work with disaster response is so needed. You guys must be swamped after the Thomas Fire.

  10. Will Stephens says:

    We didn’t loose our house but it missed our house by 100 yards. So, we were badly smoked. Thanks for this badly needed info. TTYS

    • Scott M. Haskins says:

      Blessings from heaven. That happened to me too, once, Will. Scary times. Glad to provide good info for you. Let me know if we can help.

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