Structural integrity is essential for any building because of the potential of massive damage to property and life that can occur when it fails. This is something that needs to be kept in mind for a homeowner whenever there is a major remodeling project going on, since there are certain parts of your home that are essential for the stability of the entire building, so if those are getting cut into, there will be a need for support until the load-bearing walls are replaced.
Sometimes a builder will use adjustable steel columns to accomplish this. Adjustable steel columns aren’t something that can be installed by anyone. A structural engineer needs to be involved since there are a lot of things to take into consideration. For example, there can’t be any more than one inch of slope over the entire length of the column. It also needs to be mechanically fastened both on the top and on the bottom.
If you have adjustable steel columns installed in your home, you should make sure there is no rust on them, since this can weaken the column. Scratches to the protective paint on the column could cause rust to take hold, so replacing the paint quickly is recommended.