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Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 8:40 PM


I thought where better to ask this than here.....surely if anyone could give me some info it would be one of you guys. So here is the thing.....I took down my 8 ft. vinyl pool today because I noticed it seems to be leaking and was going to try to patch the hole if I could find it. Well....I can handle that part.....what I can't handle is the rancid rotten manure like smell that used to be grass under the pool. OMG.....I started pulling it up and was going to flip it over and wash it off and start looking for the hole. I never made it that far before my dinner threatened to make a reappearance. I have got to do something about the smell before I can even begin to get in there and deal with the leaking pool issue. So someone help me....will Lime work? The kind that they put down on dead animals beside the road to kill the stench?? Is there something else that might work?? Please oh great sploofus me.....teach me get rid of this stench!! The grass is black grass left only rotting decomposing grass that has been trapped under the pool and the sand that I had to use on one side to help level the ground up.


Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 279)
Sat, 2nd Aug '08 10:00 PM

If you can stand it, a couple days of sunshine will kill the smell.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 5:36 AM

Got a hairdryer and a can of OUST ????

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 8:02 AM

If you really plan to put the pool back down in the same place bleach will do it. It will kill the creepy stuff but it will also kill the grass (if there is any). It will kill the smell.

I love the smell of napalm in the morning

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 8:12 AM

Your pool should not have been sitting on the grass to begin with unless it is very small. If you're leaving it up and it has any kind of electric filtration system, it should be on a bed of sand. Nothing should grow up under the sand and it provides a level base as well.

Perhaps you could but one of those sprayers and fill it with a solution of water and bleach. Do not use straight and don't kill good grass! Bleach is a great mold and mildew killer. Sunshine was good advice, used with bleach the smell should go.

If the area is not too big, bags of play sand should be thrown down next so this never happens again. If it is larger than that, use a pick-up truck (tarp the back) go to your local sand and gravel and buy the sand itself. It must be level or your pool will leak. You can use the string line method criss-crossing at a few places to make sure of that. Using a level won't work because it could be level at one end and level at another but be running downhill. The string method is best.

In case you don't know to string level: tie string to a 10 penny nail and to another across the the expanse at the height where you want the sand to be. All sand should be at this level. The nails should be even, that is what is key. Criss-crossing them will show you that your area is even. This is just a simple way. You may own tools that will do the job.

I may have said WAY more than you wanted!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 8:31 AM

That was impressive, Maureen. I'm tempted to ask you, "what is the meaning of life" now!

My kids have problems with theirs leaking, so I'll pass on your info to them also.

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 10:09 AM

I'm still struggling with "what is the meaning of life" on a daily basis!!! It seems to change all the time doesn't it?

Credit my knowledge to being married to a man in the construction field. Some of it had to rub off!!!

Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 7:29 PM

UGH....well the pool is back up....not leaking from what I can tell. Once I covered the pool back over the rotten grass and filled it the smell went away. The smell is once again trapped under the pool. I didn't think when I originally set it up that I might want to put something under it to keep the smell from soaking into the vinyl bottom of the pool. I did go ahead and put something under it this time to help with when we finally take it down for the summer in a couple months. There is sand under one side of stench there. I just put enough sand under the downhill side to level it up and make it even. I didn't put sand down all under it so the back half of it which is where the nice lovely rotten grass stench lingers. My mom suggested when we finally take it down to mix up a solution of baking soda and water and use a soft bristled scrub brush and scrub the bottom of the pool and let it dry in the sun for a few days before packing it away. She also advised the same thing you guys did.....let it air dry and try to put up with the smell for a few days or to put bleach down but it would kill the grass. So for now it is dealt with but this fall I will be armed with bleach, baking soda, a scrub brush and pray for the weather man to be correct in his forecast and for us to actually have several sunny days in a row.

Alvandy  (Level: 242.0 - Posts: 7722)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 7:59 PM

another happy ending due to the great Sploofus community of knowledge!

You guys rock!

Foogs  (Level: 282.5 - Posts: 847)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 8:03 PM

We could put Slicko to work on this oil shortage
thing I've been hearing about. Barry can take care of
Middle East issues. Who wants global warming?

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Sun, 3rd Aug '08 8:53 PM

When the season is over, the grass will be dead. It's dead now, just wet and smelly. Skin it off and put grass seed and some mulch hay over it so it can grow and the area will be good as new. Home Depot and Lowe's sell it in bags for resonable prices.

Your mom is giving you good advice about the soft brush and bleach and baking soda.

It doesn't seem to want to let you go right there, try cutting and pasting, the URL is correct.

Glad you got the pool back up with no leaks!

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 5:32 AM

I was thinking of getting one of those pools
for my "hot" dogs
but don't think I'll bother now...

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