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Have used Atlanta Property Inspections several times for my buyers.  Their team is always very thorough and educational for the new home owners.  Much information is shared about past/current codes, potential issues and how to have the issues repaired.  I will continue to use Atlanta Property Inspectors for future inspections, and my clients have been very happy with their services as well!

Michael Crawford
Sandy Springs, GA

I called several companies for quotes, and I felt that Atlanta Property Inspections was the most welcoming!  Thereafter, I had a wonderful experience at the inspection. My inspector was thorough, kind, and willing to explain things and answer my questions on site.  He was very knowledgeable and very friendly.  I am glad I did not skip the inspection for this 950 square foot condo, and the review has been very helpful, during my due diligence period in evaluating this potential home.

Norma Reynolds
Milton, GA

Dustin was very knowledgeable and friendly and made my client feel confident in his explanations.  He was quick to point out the positives of the home he was inspecting.  His report was delivered within 18 hours of the inspection and had plenty of photos and very easy explanations in laymen's terms. I highly recommend Atlanta Property Inspections.

Teresa Smith
Brookhaven, GA

Dustin was absolutely amazing. He did such a thorough job and was super friendly and helpful in explaining everything to me as a first-time homeowner. Highly recommend this company! Very timely and professional throughout the entire process as well!

Laura Leap
Buckhead, GA

My client used the company for their home inspection during their due diligence period. Jeremy and his partner were very kind and accommodating with answering questions. The report was very thorough and I like that they also note positive things about the homes in their report as well and not just what's wrong with the house. You can read the good and the bad.

Crystal Bream
Suwanee, GA

Atlanta Property Inspections came to do a pre-purchasing inspection on a home my husband and  I plan to buy! We had a very short due diligence period, but that was no issue for these guys. They fit us in their schedule on very short notice and were such a pleasure to work with. Cary and Riley came to do the inspection and did a fantastic job walking us through the inspection to let us know what they found, and suggestions on how to fix all of the issues! Shout out to Cary, for answering all of our questions and having such a great personality! We truly appreciate you guys taking the time to help us through such a very stressful time. We HIGHLY recommend this company!

Emily Kerns
Atlanta, GA

The inspector Frank came to our house to inspect the deck and provide a list of safety problems. While he was there we asked him to take a look at some termite damage in the attic.  When he went to the attic he spotted problems with a squirrel infestation requiring immediate action to correct for chewed wiring and unsanitary conditions.  We were unaware of this problem.  Frank provided a comprehensive inspection report in PDF format including multiple photos showing deck post deterioration, sagging joists and yes even a picture of the live squirrel in the attic. Frank is totally professional, knows his area of expertise very well and offers sound recommendations on how to correct problems without spending money for unnecessary improvements.  For example he told us the ledger board was in good shape and did not have to be replaced, only secured to the house wall with additional bolts. The small amount we paid for the inspection was well spent because the inspection will end up saving us money in the long run.

Jim Dowdy
Smyrna, GA

Dustin is VERY Detailed Oriented and found items and suggestions on the home that I would have never thought of, the report provided very good insight on how to move forward with the sale of the home!  The staff at API was great to work with!

Ryan Heard
Sandy Springs, GA

Atlanta property inspections gave me a very competitor quote and stuck to it for final pricing. They were able to get someone out to do the inspection so quickly. Frank and James were very thorough and helpful during the process they encouraged me to look at what they found, the good and bad, so I knew exactly what I am buying.  I couldn't have asked for a better inspection experience!

Erin Medford
Alpharetta, GA

This was our first experience with Atlanta Property Inspections, Frank Cooper was the lead inspector and he was inspecting a new construction one bedroom plus den in Alpharetta for a buyer client of ours. The inspection report was both detailed and comprehensive. We have tried out a few premium home inspection companies over the past year, looking for a good additional inspection resource, and based on our experience with Frank Cooper, I think we have found it.

Julian Rather
Woodstock, GA

03 2023

How Long Does a Septic Tank Inspection Take?

The plumbing system of a structure sends undesirable wastewater and sediments to a septic system, which receives and processes them. So, it is important to have a basic idea of what a septic system is and how it functions. Septic tanks, distribution boxes, and leach fields are common components of septic systems. A drain field is another name for a leach field. Septic tanks work by separating solid materials like oil, grease, and sediments from wastewater and helping the breakdown of organic matter this way. When a septic system is operating properly, the liquid is released from the tank into a distribution box, and perforated pipes are buried in a leach field. The effluent is intended to be released into the soil gradually by the lines.

When Should You Get Your System Inspected Professionally?

Ideally, every year or on special occasions, like before listing your house for sale, the septic system should be inspected. This will increase the property's worth and help you stay clear of any further issues a broken septic tank may cause later. So, if your septic system hasn't been examined for a while, it would be a good idea to call professionals now.

Process of Inspection

During the process of the septic tank inspection, professionals first look for the last time the tank was pumped. That's because it gives them a good idea of what the sludge levels look like and whether the tank currently needs pumping. Sludge builds up on the bottom of the tank over time and shouldn't fill up more than one-third of its normal level. There are different methods that can show professionals the sludge levels. Next, it should be ensured that the system is far away from the other water sources and that the system itself is enough for the house it's functioning for. Otherwise, it won't be able to tolerate the waste that is created every day. Then, by opening the distribution box, drain lines can be viewed, and whether they're clogged or not can be seen. The lids should be examined for any cracks. Check around the septic tank to see if any waste has risen to the ground level because that may be quite dangerous for people around you by contaminating the groundwater.

How Long Is The Inspection Going To Take?

Of course, not every system is designed in the same way and complexity. So, the time it will take to complete the whole inspection will be dependent on factors like the inspector's experience and the complexity of the system. Normally, inspections can take around 45 minutes to complete, but it can take up to three hours. Similarly, the price of a septic inspection will vary based on several factors. The size of the system and the inspector's credentials and license have an impact on the cost.

Maintenance of Septic Systems

If you provide your septic system with the necessary care on a regular basis, it will last longer and stay intact. Many experts advise having a professional septic tank inspection done once a year. Fortunately, Atlanta Property Inspection is available to assist you with this process. Our professional home inspectors are ready to examine the components of your septic system and help you solve any issues that may be found during the inspection. Give us a call now to find out more about our home inspection services.