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Old 07-21-2009, 02:55 PM
 
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My wife and I just bought a house in Vienna. The house is approximately 40 years old. While cutting the grass one day, I noticed alot of ants crawling up the chimney...the closer I looked, I saw small holes in the mortar where they were going in. So I broke out the Terro...next day, not an ant in sight. Well, fast forward a few days....my wife and I are watching TV in the basement, and we noticed an ant on the sofa, and then another, and then another....so i started investigating. Those little buggers were coming in through the holes in the mortar in the fireplace. More Terro....no ants.

But, in trying to kill them in the fireplace, I found out that the mortar between alot of the bricks is very weak...and with the holes where the ants are coming in, I would like to stop this.

So, does anyone know of a good service in the Vienna area for repairing the mortar? From the outside it doesnt appear to be a big job....a few small holes here and there - the mortar isn't crumbling by any means. The fireplace is more of a concern. Or do you think it would be worth it to look into a fireplace insert instead?
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