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If you have black or grey cloud-like stains on the floor of your in-ground vinyl liner, they are most likely caused by bacteria that is living how to get rid of sugar ants in the house in the ground under your pool. Bacteria sometimes show up years after a pool has been how to get rid of sugar ants in the house installed. We think the bacteria can be washed into your pool how to get rid of sugar ants in the house area by flooding rains or when a septic tank overflows.

There is little proven research on this topic but we how to get rid of sugar ants in the house understand the bacteria actually gets sunlight through the water, eats on some food source in the ground and then how to get rid of sugar ants in the house secretes a dye-like material that migrates through the vinyl and shows up how to get rid of sugar ants in the house as a stain on the floor of your pool. Often these spots appear grey, greyish green or light black in color. Once the spots appear, the damage to your liner is done and it’s irreversible. Algaecides and other chemicals used in the pool will have how to get rid of sugar ants in the house no effect on these stains since they can’t get to the source of the problem which is how to get rid of sugar ants in the house the bacteria in the soil.

So you live with stains as long as you can how to get rid of sugar ants in the house and then, when it’s time to change your liner, it’s also time to try and get rid of the how to get rid of sugar ants in the house bacteria to avoid a repeat problem with staining. No one knows precisely how to solve this problem but how to get rid of sugar ants in the house there are four methods that we understand may be effective. You may want to choose one or even try all how to get rid of sugar ants in the house four.

• the simplest way to attempt to kill the bacteria is how to get rid of sugar ants in the house to have your contractor spray the floor of the pool how to get rid of sugar ants in the house with liquid chlorine before installing your new liner. Chlorine bleach works fine and they will mist the floor how to get rid of sugar ants in the house of the pool using a garden sprayer three or four how to get rid of sugar ants in the house times.

• A second possible solution is to change the ph of how to get rid of sugar ants in the house the soil under and around the pool. This is done with a chemical called copperas iron sulfate how to get rid of sugar ants in the house (feso4) which is available at tree nurseries or agricultural supply houses. The chemical is sprinkled on the ground around the pool how to get rid of sugar ants in the house and on the floor of the pool and then the how to get rid of sugar ants in the house ground is saturated with water for two to three days. The idea is to get the powder deep into the how to get rid of sugar ants in the house ground so it can change the ph of the soil how to get rid of sugar ants in the house and kill the source of the bacteria.

• since bacteria need sunlight to grow, a third option is to eliminate the light source by how to get rid of sugar ants in the house putting a black sheet of plastic under the liner. This is not advisable if your yard has a high how to get rid of sugar ants in the house water table as rising water may float the liner and how to get rid of sugar ants in the house ball up the plastic underneath causing an even bigger problem how to get rid of sugar ants in the house than the stain.

• finally, some companies are selling a roll-on epoxy-like stain barrier paint to cover the floor and walls how to get rid of sugar ants in the house of your pool. It’s like a liquid plastic that sets up hard to how to get rid of sugar ants in the house form a membrane intended to block out the light and how to get rid of sugar ants in the house prevent stains from getting to your liner. It is the most expensive of the options but some how to get rid of sugar ants in the house people claim it really works.

• clean the pool: vacuum the floor and skim the water’s surface. Leaves and other debris can settle at the bottom of how to get rid of sugar ants in the house the pool during the off-season, which could potentially stain the pool floor. We recommend using alkaline base cleaning agents to clean to how to get rid of sugar ants in the house area above the water line, as acid base chemicals damage the liner. Do not use an abrasive cleaning aid (i.E. Stiff bristled brush, steel wool, etc.)

• dilute and circulate: do not add chemicals directly to the water. This can cause the chemicals to concentrate on the pool how to get rid of sugar ants in the house floor, staining or bleaching the vinyl liner. Instead, dilute the chemicals in a bucket and pour them into how to get rid of sugar ants in the house the skimmer with the circulation system running. Allow the chemicals to circulate for a full 24 hours.

• do not drop the water level if possible: once a pool has been filled with water, the liner begins to lose its stretching properties; therefore the pool should be kept full of water at how to get rid of sugar ants in the house all times. The water acts as a protector for the liner and how to get rid of sugar ants in the house holds the liner in its proper position, eliminating any re-stretching or drying out of the vinyl liner.

• cover the pool: installing a safety cover is the best way to protect how to get rid of sugar ants in the house both your investment and family by keeping out falling leaves how to get rid of sugar ants in the house and other debris, while also adhering to the safety standards of the american how to get rid of sugar ants in the house society for testing and materials (ASTM). Click here to learn more about mcewen safety covers.

This means we cannot use the bungee cover as a how to get rid of sugar ants in the house template to make a replacement safety cover so your dealer how to get rid of sugar ants in the house is are going to have to measure anyway. The question is, how do they measure to hit as many anchors as how to get rid of sugar ants in the house possible? The answer is different for rectangle pools than it is how to get rid of sugar ants in the house for custom shape pools.

1- to match most of the existing anchors we can produce how to get rid of sugar ants in the house a custom cover on 4’ spacing. Your dealer just provides the pool size, the distance between the anchors and the distance from the how to get rid of sugar ants in the house pool to the anchor line and we do the rest. The only negative is your dealer will have to measure how to get rid of sugar ants in the house the anchors and you will pay the price of a how to get rid of sugar ants in the house custom cover, which will cost you about 50% more than the same size stock cover.

2- if you would like to save the cost of a how to get rid of sugar ants in the house custom cover you can just order a stock cover and how to get rid of sugar ants in the house take your chances. The 8 corner straps are going to match anyway. Your new stock cover only needs anchors every five feet how to get rid of sugar ants in the house or so and the existing bungee anchors are spaced every how to get rid of sugar ants in the house two feet anyway. This means you have lots of existing anchors to choose how to get rid of sugar ants in the house from. We should be able to match at least half of how to get rid of sugar ants in the house the anchors on the remaining sides. Your dealer will have to drill new holes for new how to get rid of sugar ants in the house anchors in the remaining locations but you will enjoy a how to get rid of sugar ants in the house nice price savings.

The custom cover will cost the same whether we attempt how to get rid of sugar ants in the house to match the anchors or not so we might as how to get rid of sugar ants in the house well try. If A-B’s are being taken for the pool anyway, your dealer will A-B the anchor heads too and we will design the how to get rid of sugar ants in the house new safety cover to hit as many anchors as possible. We will not hit every anchor because the existing anchors how to get rid of sugar ants in the house were not designed on a grid where you have one how to get rid of sugar ants in the house anchor opposite every other anchor like you have on a how to get rid of sugar ants in the house safety cover. Instead, on the original bungee cover they just started at some how to get rid of sugar ants in the house point and sewed straps on every two feet around the how to get rid of sugar ants in the house perimeter. If there is an anchor in the deck opposite one how to get rid of sugar ants in the house on the other side, it’s just by chance, not by design. Drilling some new anchors will always be necessary.

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