Just bought a house and found that the ceiling to the 1st floor has an extra concrete support column inserted along its length (from beam to floor) which looks like it was inserted for "cosmetic reasons". I would prefer to remove it but need to know whether it is safe to do so and will not compromise the strength of the beam. The beam is supported at each end already by concrete columns and this additional column is about 3 feet from one of the end columns. The total length of the beam is about 15 ft. Do you need any further measurements to make a decision? Advice very much appreciated as I have had different answers from different builders/workmen!