The performance of regular inspections of pipe supports and hangers at refineries, power plants and other industrial sites is often overlooked or ignored. The API, ASME and other Codes and Standards have long included recommended or required practices to perform regular monitoring of pipe supports and restraints, especially as it affects the condition of the piping. This is true not only of existing plants but also of new plants. The condition of pipe supports and restraints is an external barometer of hidden problems with the piping and attached equipment. Recognizing pipe support and restraint distress can help prioritize pipe inspections and equipment maintenance. This paper reviews and identifies applicable sections of the various Codes, Standards and Recommended Practices to provide the reader with a source for such information.

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