Last year, whilst one of our clients was out of residency, their penthouse experienced an electrical surge, which caused a significant amount of damage to various appliances within the property, including numerous audio-visual items, fan coil units, lighting equipment and white goods.
How we reacted
We were alerted to this situation immediately, as it is common practice for audio visual specialists and security teams to be monitoring properties 24/7 and contact us for any issues.
We attended the site immediately to investigate the situation. We appointed our electrical contractor to complete a full diagnostic check and discover the source of the problem, which was proven to be an electrical installation fault within the landlord’s main switch room. It was our duty to ensure a detailed inspection was completed and that the insurers were immediately informed. Their policy covered the damage caused by the electrical issue so we arranged for the remedial works to be carried out and ensured that everything was back the way it should be.
This was a complex case for a multitude of reasons. Due to the nature of the fault, the severity of the damage, the sophisticated technologies in place and multiple third-party communication, it was necessary to manage the expectations and interests of all parties. These included the client, the loss adjusters and insurers, numerous contractors, the landlord and building management.
At Somerset Estates, our pivotal role is client peace of mind. As we care about our clients on a personal level, we complete a full background check on insurance statuses and insist that all covers are in place. We leave nothing to chance, the risks are simply far too high for an “i” not to be dotted, or a “t” not to be crossed.
Throughout scenarios such as this, we ensure our clients are fully updated, but provide assurance and a stress-free facilitation service, enabling them to feel secure that their property is in the safest of hands.