I am in the process of preparing my basement for some plumbing work, which requires a non-load-bearing wall be built. The existing support for the house consists of 2 concrete block columns and 2 adjacent metal posts, which carry a built-up beam running from the front wall to an interior load-bearing wall near the rear. The posts are right beside the columns and are neither screwed into the concrete floor nor the beam above, although they are not removable without loosening. This involves the wall because it is to be built exactly where one post is located.
I was advised by my home inspector that the metal posts could be removed because of the existing columns, or, that they be strapped to the columns. I'm looking for another opinion on this advice.