Water Damage Claims
We may arrange to visit you to discuss the details and circumstances or, if appropriate, we may appoint a specialist art loss adjuster. We are a founder member of the Art Loss Register. This computerised art index was set up to log stolen works of art and compare their description against auction catalogues world-wide. Any stolen items insured with us are automatically logged on the system free of charge—a considerable saving for clients.
- For more information or assistance, please call our Art Specialist at +65 6880 4957.
What to do in the event of Water Damage
It is essential to act quickly as secondary damage and bacterial growth can begin within just a few hours.
If you have a leak, arrange for a reputable, registered plumber to visit as soon as possible. In the meantime, try to stem the flow or catch leaking water in a bucket.
- Carefully remove vulnerable or affected artworks to a dry location.
- Carefully blot wet furniture and open any drawers or doors.
- Mop and blot up water from floors.
- Use fans and dehumidifiers to assist the drying process.
- Move small items into a controlled environment.
If furniture cannot be removed immediately to a controlled environment, place small wooden blocks or aluminium foil under furniture legs and open drawers to help the drying process.
What to do with damaged items
If you do not have a preferred restorer, please contact us for advice.
What you should do:
- Take a photograph of the damage.
- Store broken items safely.
- Do not attempt to repair - not even with super glue.
You should not throw anything away before speaking to us, even if you think it is completely ruined.
Prevention is better than loss
Fire and smoke, water, theft and accidental damage. Works of art and musical instruments are potentially vulnerable to all of these but sensible precautions can often prevent or minimise damage and preserve them for the owner and future generations.
We visit many of our clients and this provides the opportunity to discuss security and fire protection as well as offering advice on general risk management.
We are always looking to test and vet new products designed to minimise loss from fire and theft, so that we can advise our clients accordingly.
Working in close co-operation with police-force internationally, we offer advice on art and musical instrument fraud and assist to investigate provenances.