Rainy March in SoCal – Water Damaged Collectibles?

Our fountain, filled with rain water

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We’ve had some water in SoCal lately… the basin of our fountain was bone-dry-empty 2 weeks ago and now the 14″ basin is overflowing from the rain. But that also means the local reservoirs are full and that is comforting. But, living in a dry climate, we assume that our travels, building projects, sports events will not deal with the complication of wet weather… but not so, this month.

Just the same, I was out in it yesterday picking up, delivering and consulting with interested people on the West LA, Hollywood, Santa Monica area and met with a nice lady with an iron, antique Thai Buddha that was flaking, previous restorations are falling apart and needs some TLC that we can provide. I can’t believe that she bought it in Thailand, many years ago, when she was there as a tourist and brought it home. It must weigh 150 lbs!! She is in the middle of home renovations and its a bit tricky managing the work in a rainy downpour!!

Even when water damage can badly effect art, antiques and collectibles… the poor handling, storage and improper restoration can be much more devastating. I often tell people that they should not trust the person who shampoos their couch to appropriately treat their artwork and collectibles. You might think that’s a little self-serving, but I’m trying to share a truth that can save people great heartache. Here is a testimonial…

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Finally, remember, Spring forward, Fall back this evening.😀

Family heirlooms are very important types of items with positive vibes that help people to remember their family history stories and events with loved ones.

International blogger, Khola Malik’s recent article talked about the importance of our personal treasured history item and its contribution to our family’s legacy and heritage: https://saveyourstuff.com/loosing-treasured-family-history-items-and-heirlooms-is-heartbreaking/

How can something be priceless when its not worth anything? What is worth saving and protecting of our “stuff?”  Frankie Boyer Talk Radio Interview Boston, Mass https://www.fineartconservationlab.com/facl-in-the-media/frankie-boyer-talk-radio-interview-boston-mass/

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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 https://www.fineartconservationlab.com/testimonials/
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21 Responses to Rainy March in SoCal – Water Damaged Collectibles?

  1. Vernon says:

    That before and after of the water damage to that H.C. Ford painting was WOW! I can’t believe you managed to make it look brand new!

    • Hey Vernon, thanks for your enthusiasm… but “like new” isn’t really what we go for. When we are done, it still needs to look 150 years old, but stable and in its best condition and appearance while still leaving it as original looking was possible. Its kind of a delicate dance.. but one we are specialized in.

  2. Perry says:

    Poor handling, storage and improper restoration will lead to mold, ruined art pieces or items that are beyond saving. I’m sure you’ve had such pieces, Scott, where it was just almost impossible to save something. Did you encounter such cases?

    • We have such problems in our art conservation Lab consistently however over the decades we’ve only seen a couple of items that could not be returned to an acceptable condition.

  3. Peter S. says:

    Mold and water damage are some of the biggest problems art collectors have to deal with. The Fine Art Conservation Lab is specialized in dealing with this. They will fix almost anything if they have enough time for it. I haven’t yet given them a project they couldn’t return to its former glory.

  4. Elijah says:

    We’ve had extensive water damage to a couple of our paintings and I honestly had lost hope that any of them can be salvaged. I don’t know how but Scott’s team managed to save all 6 of the paintings! It was a miracle to me because they were in a very bad state, yet these guys and gals did an amazing job!

    • Thanks Eli for adding your comment. We never “loose” artwork. What is more likely is that if someone doesn’t want to pay for the art conservation treatments (for several reasons), then the work doesn’t get done… but its not because we cannot do it.

  5. Lillian says:

    Happy to know more and more of your articles are getting syndicated! Couldn’t have happened to a better man (Scott Haskins) and his wonderful team! You all deserve much more recognition for the hard work you are doing!

  6. Brooke H. says:

    I bet in the whirlwind of moving, people often overlook important things like this. It’s so incredibly easy to damage art while moving or cleaning the room it’s in. It’s such a shame and often hard to notice until the damage has escalated. More people should be made aware of this!

    • Brooke, damage to valuable, important, emotionally charged family history items and collectibles happens all the time as a casualty of being in a hurry and not paying attention. But, it also happens when “helpers” during a move don’t take the required care… or know how to care for the important items. There are some books I’ve written to guide people at https://www.SaveYourStuff.com

  7. Nevaeh says:

    150 lbs!!! How did she get through customs? How did she bring it home?

    • I’m guessing they shipped it but, actually, I have no idea.

    • Anthony Simmons says:

      I would be VERY interested to see a video of a restoration of the antique Thai Buddha that is pictured here. I have a similar one, but smaller that also needs some love. Can you add such a video, Scott? Maybe at least a before and after? I am tempted to use your services and would just like to see it can be done I guess.

  8. Liam James says:

    Water damage restoration can be costly and not every “expert” knows what to do. You might end up paying for a bad restoration. It’s better to ask real experts for help, people like Scott, who have been doing this for many years. Look at testimonials and reviews and you’ll see Scott is the man for the job. We’ve been returning customers for over 15 years.

  9. Kaylee says:

    “I often tell people that they should not trust the person who shampoos their couch to appropriately treat their artwork and collectibles.” – I laughed so hard when I read this :)) You do have a point but it’s funny how you said it. I think this should be obvious but we often forget it.

    • Thanks Kaylee, you would be amazed at how, even knowledgeable smart people, don’t think about this… which is understandable cause they are freaked out and “just want someone to make it all the damage go away” so they can get on with their life. Well, that leaves room for major oversights and bad judgment.

    • Aiden says:

      I’ve made this mistake in the past and had some items ruined because the people handling them had no idea what they were doing. There weren’t bad people, they just weren’t meant for this particular job. Be very careful when moving art pieces around: do not let anyone do this. Go with people that know what they are doing. And do not store art pieces in inappropriate conditions.

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