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Question DetailsAsked on 7/26/2016

How much should it clost to remove laminate wood flooring that will be reinstalled at one point?

We had laminate wood flooring installed in parts of our basement about 2 years ago. We can't remember what they did to install it, but the floor beneath it is concrete. We're being forced to update our sewer lines by our borough and the company doing it needs to jackhammer the floor to get to the sewer lines. Is it possible to remove the floor in a way that we can reinstall it when the work is done and the concrete refilled? If so, what kind of cost are we looking at?

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Here is a similar previous question with answer - of course, your cost depends on local labor costs, maybe partly on whether the scope includes the same Flooring contractor doing the reinstallation as part of the job once the sewer job is done, and on whether in busy or slow season. And of course greatly on how it is fastened - whether snap-joint or glued - which also affects how many replacement pieces will be needed to replace damaged joint ones. You do NOT want them putting in back pieces with strips of snap or glue joint damaged or missing - which you will commonly get with most snap-joint products to at least a small extent, and maybe 10-20% with a white glued joint system. If glued using an epoxy or plastic cement forget about salvaging the flooring.


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On the sewer line issue - unless this is an original code violation fix situation because the house line was not built to code in the first place and they now discovered it, I have never heard of residential sewer lines having to be redone to meet a borough requirement UNLESS they were changing to a pressurized sewer system for your area due to frequent backups and flooding - and even in that case the pressurized portion is typically only the last few feet in the the house or just outside where the pump is installed - not the entire buried portion under the house. City lines yes, individual service connections no, so I would be sure what you exactly have to do from a legal standpoint and why. Since you said Borough, I would guess this may be the case and you are in CT/NJ/PA area and they are going to pressurized system because of storm surge flooding putting the sewer lines under normal high water level (shades of Hurricane Sandy) - which unfortunately also means most bets are off if in NJ because they do government and bureaucracy things just plumb goofy down there.


If this is being done say to replace clay tile lines because of a regional water quality issue due to excess leakage from pipes so the local utility or government is being forced to do this system-wide by the EPA say, then by my experience the utility would be bearing the cost entirely - bringing in a moving crew for moving stuff out of the basement or out of the way and protecting it from dust/liquids, remove flooring, do pipe change, clean up dust, replace flooring (with same if feasible, with new if not), replace furnishings - all at THEIR cost. I have heard of a few cases like this where the utility contract with the contractor(s) doing the actual work called for all the above to be done by the contractor, but the contractor skimped on his responsibilities under the contract and tried to get the homeowners to do or pay for some of the work, like you are maybe talking about - check with the project manager at the utility or government agency actually paying for the work about this - you may be getting skimped on by the contractor because if they are required to tear up the concrete costs to access the concrete and preserve the possessions and flooring should be part of THEIR responsibility.

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