Basement support beams question

I live in a 35 year old split level home. Currently in the process of having the kitchen totally redone and an old addition torndown, rebuilt & expanded. Basement is under the kitchen; attic is over the kitchen. Old addition butts up to the kitchen. Old addition has it's own cinder block foundation wall.
When the kitchen floor was stripped down the to subfloor, you could see a slight dip in the floor over the last 4 feet as you proceeded to what was the dividing wall to the old addition. If you looked at the wood beam in the floor at the end of the kitchen (where the old addition started), you could the the kitchen floor sag down towards the middle part. I didn't measure the sag but it was on the order of three-fourths of an inch.
In my basement the foundation wall doesn't extend to the back wall of the house, but ends 4 feet earlier. The basement beams extend past the wall. If you looked under the old addition you'd see a plywood enclosure. I imagine if you removed a piece of that you could look into my basement.
The new addition was already done at this point. My contractor said it was the weight of the house must be pushing the end of the beams down. He said today they'd either have to be double beams or spaced closer together. They are spaced 16 or 18" apart believe.
So I was wondering what to do (or if anything should be done). The new addition was already built by this point. The old kitchen was there when we bought it 15 years ago. We never saw a problem with the old countertop (i.e water never ran to the back of it) It seemed to have stayed level over the years.
So I don't know if I need to reinforce the support beams. But if I wanted to what would be options? I do have a crawl space under the new addition. I wouldn't be looking to jack anything up; just support it from sagging further. thanks.
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4' is a really long cantilever. The simplest thing to do, depending on what's under the actual edge of the house, would be to dig a trench under than edge, put in a footing, and 4 posts up to a crossbeam under the sagging section.
But the thing is, since the area is enclosed, why did they cantilver it like that in the first place? There may be something there that makes trying to put in a footer unwise.
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The previous addition was done later after the house was originally built. Digging a trench would be tough because of the crawlspace.
I was wondering if maybe the plywood face could be removed then slide new support beams in for extra support?
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Start from beyond the corner, and dig from inside the trench. It will be awkward anyway, but so what? Work is good for you.

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