Posted by Cathy on 17:49:13 8/25/2010 from 22.214.171.124:
We were losing water in our pool. Found out it was from a leaking pipe. When pipe was exposed, evidence of something eating through the pvc was evident. After some research and looking at photos, etc., I believe the damage to the pvc pipe was made by carpenter ants. My facebook URL shows a photo of the pipe damage. To me...it is identical to the smooth carved out galleries that I found in photos of carpenter ant damage in wood. And I did read online that they are capable of boring out any material to nest in (even concrete).
We happen to have a rotting tree stump within a few feet of the pool fence (back in the woods). I think that a main ant nest might be in that tree stump, and they were looking to create a "satellite" nest nearby. When we dug up the pavers to fix the pipe, no ants were present. I think they tried to nest there...and then the rushing water sent them away. The problem right now is....the pool is still leaking. So...there are probably additional holes somewhere along the length of pipe that need repair.
Not sure of where to go from here. Our current situation is that we need to close up the pool for the winter. Before we do that, we need to fix the damaged areas of pipe first. Once the pipe is repaired, not sure whether we should be treating the soil near the pipe with ant killer or repellent before we put the pavers back into place. I'm not thrilled about dumping chemicals in the ground right near our pool. I've read that white gravel might do the trick. Ants don't like to walk across it? Also...I know that the rotting stump needs to be addressed. Should I be contacting an exterminator or should I just get the rotting stump removed? Will the ants just go away if the stump is removed? Right now my husband has the pool guy coming to deal with digging up the pavers (again) and fixing the remaining pipe. We've already spent so much money on pool service to fix the pipes and water to keep refilling the pool.....I just want to take the proper steps to end this problem. Take a look at the photo. Do you think it could be ants that did the damage? Any suggestions would be so great. Thanks.
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