I wasn't sure where else to put this question. I have what appears to be a wooden support beam in my living room. It runs about 15-feet from a point next to a ventilation intake (adjacent to our powder room) to the opposite side of the house. The beam is 5" wide and about 8" high (if that's the right way to describe that dimension). My concern is that it's starting to show thin cracks on the sides. Some cracks are relatively short (a couple inches) and others are a good bit longer. Does this mean the ceilign above is about to cave in?
For my part, I don't know if this beam is solid wood or perhaps a wood facade over something else. The beams in my basement are obviously metal, but this one in my living room is painted white, so I'm trying not to assume anything. In any case, I'm not even sure what kind of contractor I'd ask about this. Thanks.
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