We’ve got a 40 year old wood cottage in northern climate with cracks starting to show in one of the major ceiling support beams (checking?). The beam itself is slightly twisted. Wondering if we should be concerned, or if it’s normal. Can anything be done proactively to mitigate before the problem worsens?
We had a particularly cold winter last year, and one thought was that frost might have gotten lower than usual and lifted a foundation post up and back down. Replaced one of the posts this year and the post itself was in good condition. Also there were add-ons done on each side of the structure (garage, boathouse) and we’re wondering if that might be “pulling” the structure or otherwise contributing warping stresses on the building.
Appreciate any thoughts / advice.