National forensic engineering firm, U.S. Forensic, recently undertook a large project to investigate a large number of braided stainless steel water heater connector failures for one of the largest property carriers in the country. Michael DeHarde, P.E., and Brian Darr, P.E., worked on the months-long project to determine the cause of the leaks associated with the braided stainless steel brand water heater connectors commonly sold at the major big box hardware centers.

U.S. Forensic was one of several forensic engineering firms approached to work on the project, and was selected based in part on the proposal to actually test each unit and photograph the results of the test, rather than just visually inspect, as proposed by others. As NASA Rocket Scientist Wernher von Braun famously said, “One test result is worth 1,000 expert opinions.”

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