Saturday, May 31, 2014

NHC Hurricane Preparedness Videos : Day 7 — Taking Action



NHC Senior Hurricane Specialist Stacy Stewart discusses the life-saving action to take before, during and after the storm.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

NHC Hurricane Preparedness Videos : Day 5 — The Forecast Process



NHC Senior Hurricane Specialist Dr. Michael Brennan describes the collaborative process in forecasting the track and intensity of a tropical cyclone.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

NHC Hurricane Preparedness Videos : Day 4 — Inland Flooding



NHC Hurricane Specialist John Cangialosi discusses the deadly danger of inland flooding caused by tropical cyclones.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

NHC Hurricane Preparedness Videos : Day 3 — Wind



NHC Hurricane Specialist Eric Blake discusses the winds associated with tropical cyclones, and the importance of having a NOAA Weather Radio.

Monday, May 26, 2014

NHC Hurricane Preparedness Videos : Day 2 — Storm Surge



NHC Warning Coordination Meteorologist Daniel Brown describes the dangers of storm surge, the number one killer in a tropical cyclone.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

NHC Hurricane Preparedness Videos: Day 1 — Overview of a Hurricane



NHC Hurricane Specialist Unit Branch Chief James Franklin provides an overview of the hurricane hazards and the importance of not using the seasonal outlook to prepare for the season.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 25th through May 31st, 2014

Preparedness Week | Hazards | Watches & Warnings | Be Ready | Marine Safety



History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.

Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches. Furthermore, mariners should be aware of special safety precautions when confronted with a hurricane.

Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide (PDF) or follow the links for more information. But remember, this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.
 

National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2014 runs from May 25th through May 31st.

Find complete article at: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Pass & Seymour: Home Tour



Join Paul and Jessica explore their new home in a special house tour showcasing the electrical devices from the Legrand / Pass & Seymour.

For more information visit: http://www.legrand.us

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Rental Property Investment Performance Indicators

Successful rental property investment requires real estate investors to strictly gauge the financial performance of all potential rental property investment opportunities.

As a result, a number of useful ratios, multipliers, and other analytical measures have been developed as "indicators" the investor can use to determine specific levels of a property's anticipated cash flows and profitability.

These ratios and measures are part of the real estate analysis, and are commonly displayed in reports such as an APOD and Pro Forma Income Statement.

In this article we'll consider four of those indicators (with formulas). It should be noted, however, that the results of these calculations are only useful if they can be compared to similar information gleaned from comparable properties in the local market area

1. Economic Value

This is a measure of value from the real estate investor's standpoint, and may be more or less the market value of the property (though not necessarily). It is determined by the investment property's net operating income and a capitalization rate that the investor requires to attract his or her capital to the project.

In other words, regardless what value has been placed upon the rental property by the market, the "true" value to the investor (in this case) is what he or she deems will appropriately satisfy their investment objectives.

Formula

Net Operating Income (specific property)

divided by Capitalization Rate (individual investor)

equals Economic Value

Example

Let's say a property generates a net operating income of $461,867 and the investor's desired cap rate is 10.8%. In this case, the economic value (what the rental property investment is worth to the investor) would be $4,276,546.

$461,867

/.108

= $4,276,546

If this economic value is equal to or greater than the subject property's fair market value, then the investment property could prove worth pursuing; otherwise, maybe not.

2. Operating Expense Ratio

This ratio provides an indication of what percentage of the gross operating income is being consumed by operating expenses.

The investor's purpose here is to compare the subject investment property's operating expense ratio against that computed for other similar properties and then to reconcile substantial differences.

Anything other than the norm, for instance, could be an indication that the subject property's operating expenses are somehow unique, or perhaps that they may not have all been correctly ascertained. In other words, why such a difference?

Formula

Operating Expenses

divided by Gross Operating Income

equals Operating Expense Ratio

Example

Let's say the subject property's operating expenses are $251,998 and its gross operating income (rental income minus vacancy credit and loss) is 713,865. In this case, the operating expense ratio for the rental property investment is 35.30%.

$251,998

/ 713,865

= 35.30%

Naturally, this is just one small element about the subject rental property investment. But a substantial difference in ratios when compared to similar other rental property should raise a red flag that requires a closer look.

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3. Break-Even Ratio (BER)

This ratio (also called default ratio) is the percentage rate of gross operating income that is consumed by operating expenses and debt service combined. Its purpose is to estimate how vulnerable an income property is to defaulting on its debt in cases where rental income should decline. This is often a benchmark ratio used by lenders when underwriting commercial mortgages as well.

Formula

Operating Expenses + Debt Service

divided by Gross Operating Income

equals Break-even Ratio

Example

Okay, we already know (from the previous examples) that our subject rental property investment has a gross operating income of $713,865 and annual operating expenses of $251,998. Now let's say that the debt service would be $255,354. The result would be a break-even ratio of 71.07%.

$251,998 + 255,354

= $507,352

/ 713,865

= 71.07%

This means that the money going out to service the property is 71.07% of the income it generates. Lenders typically look for 85% or less, so this property fairs well in this case.

4. Debt Coverage Ratio (DCR)

This ratio provides information on the extent to which the net operating income covers debt service. The objective for the investor here is to insure that the property can pay for itself without having to "feed it" out-of-pocket.

Formula

Net Operating Income

divided by Debt Service

equals Debt Coverage Ratio

Example

Okay, by dividing the property's net operating income of $461,867 by the debt service of 255,354, the result is a debt coverage ratio of 1.81.

$461,867

/ 255,354

= 1.81

A ratio of 1.0 indicates enough net income to make the mortgage payment, and lenders typically like to see 1.15 or greater (i.e., 15% more income than the payment). So, either way, this rental property investment appears to produce ample income to cover the mortgage payment.

By James Kobzeff

About the Author

James Kobzeff is the developer of ProAPOD. A leading provider of real estate investing software solutions since 2000. Create cash flow, rates of return, and profitability analysis presentations for any-size rental property investment in minutes! Easy and affordable. Learn more at => www.proapod.com

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

2011 Blower Door Testing in Homes



This video demonstrates correct blower door set-up and use in locating and quantifying the air leakage between the conditioned and unconditioned space in a home.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Residential Code Question Of The Week

According to the 2009 IECC, ______________ during a blower-door test.

 
A. exterior windows and doors shall be closed and sealed

B. flue dampers shall be closed and sealed

C. exterior openings for continuous ventilation systems shall be closed and sealed

D. All Of The Above

Click here for the answer

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Self-Assessment Checklists for Mandatory Fortified Requirements


Complete the appropriate self-assessment checklist(s) to verify your project’s readiness to meet FORTIFIED requirements.

Monday, May 12, 2014

How to Remove Water from Wet Carpet, Pad, Basement Flood Damage Cleanup



How to remove water from a flooded wet carpet and pad. Best way for water removal from a wet carpet and pad using a wet vac for small areas. Using a wet vac to remove water from a flooded basement. please see videos on pumping flooded basement water with different size pumps.

Good luck with your water pumping situations and for more information about pumping out basements please check out my other videos on "How to Pump out a Flooded Basement #1, #2, #3, #4"

Always check the walls to make sure that you do not leave them damp, as this could cause a situation for mold removal.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mayor Hayward Newsletter: Recovery Update


 

Last night, President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Florida triggering the release of Federal funds to help people recover from the recent storm causing millions of dollars of damage.

Details of the disaster declaration and assistance programs are as follows:

ASSISTANCE TO INDIVIDUALS AND HOUSEHOLDS
The Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides financial help or direct services to those who have necessary expenses and serious needs if they are unable to meet the needs through other means. Up to $32,400 is available in financial help (adjusted each year), although some forms of IHP assistance have limits. Flood insurance may be required as indicated below. These forms of help are available: Housing Assistance (including Temporary Housing, Repair, Replacement, and Semi-Permanent or Permanent Housing Construction) and Other Needs Assistance (including personal property and other items).

Housing Assistance
Temporary Housing: Money to rent a different place to live or a temporary housing unit (when rental properties are not available).

Repair: Money for homeowners to repair damage from the disaster that is not covered by insurance. The goal is to repair the home to a safe and sanitary living or functioning condition. FEMA may provide up to $32,400 for home repair; then the homeowner may apply for a Small Business Administration disaster loan for additional repair assistance. FEMA will not pay to return a home to its condition before the disaster. Flood insurance may be required if the home is in a Special Flood Hazard Area. Repair and replacement items include:

§  Structural parts of a home (foundation, outside walls, roof)

§  Windows, doors, floors, walls, ceilings, cabinetry

§  Septic or sewage system

§  Well or other water system

§  Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system

§  Utilities (electrical, plumbing, and gas systems)

§  Entrance and exit ways from the home, including privately owned access roads

§  Blocking, leveling and anchoring of a mobile home and reconnecting or resetting its sewer, water, electrical and fuel lines and tanks

Replacement: Money to replace a disaster-damaged home, under rare conditions, if this can be done with limited funds. FEMA may provide up to $32,400 for home replacement. If the home is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, the homeowner must comply with flood insurance purchase requirements and local flood codes and requirements.

Semi-Permanent or Permanent Housing Construction: Direct assistance or money for the construction of a home. This type of assistance occurs only in very unusual situations, in locations specified by FEMA, where no other type of housing assistance is possible. Construction shall follow current minimal local building codes and standards where they exist, or minimal acceptable construction industry standards in the area. Construction will aim toward average quality, size, and capacity, taking into consideration the needs of the occupant. If the home is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, the homeowner must comply with flood insurance purchase requirements and local flood codes and requirements.

Other Needs Assistance
Other Needs Assistance provision of the Individuals and Households Program provides grants for uninsured, disaster-related necessary expenses and serious needs. Flood insurance may be required on insurable items (personal property) if they are to be located in a Special Flood Hazard Area. Assistance includes:

§  Medical and dental expenses

§  Funeral and burial costs

§  Repair, cleaning, or replacement of:
- Clothing
- Household items (room furnishings, appliances)
- Specialized tools or protective clothing and equipment required for your job
- Necessary educational materials (computers, school books, supplies)
- Clean-up items (wet/dry vacuum, air purifier, dehumidifier)
- Fuel (fuel, chain saw, firewood)
- Repairing or replacing vehicles damaged by the disaster, or providing for public transportation or other transportation costs
- Moving and storage expenses related to the disaster (including evacuation, storage, or the return of property to a home)
- Other necessary expenses or serious needs (for example, towing, or setup or connecting essential utilities for a housing unit not provided by FEMA)
- The cost of a National Flood Insurance Program group flood insurance policy to meet the flood insurance requirements

Conditions and Limitations of IHP Assistance

§  Non-discrimination: All forms of FEMA disaster housing assistance are available to any affected household that meets the conditions of eligibility. No Federal entity or official (or their agent) may discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or economic status.

§  Residency status in the United States and its territories: To be considered for disaster housing assistance, you or a household member must provide proof of identity and sign a declaration stating that you/they are a United States citizen, a non-citizen national, or a qualified alien.

§  Supplemental Assistance: Disaster housing assistance is not intended to substitute for private recovery efforts, but to complement those efforts when needed. FEMA expects minor housing damage or the need for short-term shelter to be addressed by homeowners or tenants. Furthermore, the Disaster Housing Program is not a loss indemnification program and does not ensure that applicants are returned to their pre-disaster living conditions.

§  Household Composition: People living together in one residence before the disaster are expected to continue to live together after the disaster. Generally, assistance is provided to the pre-disaster household as a unit. If, however, the assistance provided to the household is not shared with you, or if the new residence is too small or causes you undue hardship, you may request assistance separate from your pre-disaster household.

§  Type of Assistance: Generally, more than one type of IHP assistance may be provided to the household. Only FEMA has the authority to determine which type of assistance is most appropriate for the household and the period of assistance to be covered.

§  Proper Use of Assistance: All financial assistance provided by FEMA should be used as specified in writing: to rent another place to live, to make the home repairs identified by FEMA, or to prevent eviction or foreclosure, or to replace or repair personal property. Failure to use the money as specified may make you ineligible for additional assistance. All money provided by FEMA is tax-free.

§  Documentation: It is your responsibility to provide all documentation necessary for FEMA to evaluate your eligibility. You may need to provide proof of occupancy, ownership, income loss, and/or information concerning your housing situation prior to the disaster. You should keep all receipts and records for any housing expenses incurred as a result of the disaster. This includes receipts for repair supplies, labor, and rent payments.

§  Insurance: If you have insurance, any assistance provided by FEMA should be considered an advance and must be repaid to FEMA when you receive your insurance settlement payment. If your settlement is less than FEMA’s estimated cost to make your home habitable, you may qualify for funds to supplement your insurance settlement, but only for repairs relating to the home’s habitability. FEMA does not provide replacement value amounts or assistance with non-essential items.

§  Duration of Assistance: Repair and Replacement Assistance is provided as a one-time payment. Temporary Housing Assistance (or a mobile home/travel trailer) is provided for an initial period of 1, 2, or 3 months. To be considered for additional assistance, you must demonstrate that you have spent any previous assistance from FEMA as instructed, and you must demonstrate your efforts to re-establish permanent housing. Additional assistance is generally provided for 1, 2, or 3 months at a time. The maximum period for IHP assistance is 18 months, unless extended by the President.

§  Appeal Rights: If you disagree with FEMA's determination of eligibility or the form of assistance provided, you have the right to appeal within 60 days of the date of your notification letter. Send appeal letters to: Appeals Officer, FEMA- Individuals& Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055. Telephone: 1-800-621-FEMA or TTY 1-800-462-7585.

United Way of Escambia County Update

WEBSITE Live to Accept Donations to help NWFL Recover

The United Way of Escambia County has established a disaster relief fund that will be utilized to help citizens across Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties. The fund will be divided using the level of impact determined by FEMA’s assessment of loss/impact. The funds will be disbursed to the local communities by the United Way of Escambia County that covers those geographic regions.

To donate funds that will be responsibly distributed to meet the immediate and long-term needs in our community, please make a secure donation online at www.helpNWFLrecover.org.

The United Way of Escambia County is encouraging all citizens in need of services contact 2-1-1 directly. The 2-1-1 service allows the United Way to capture victim needs in a database and then send to the Emergency Operations Center. This also allows the United Way to share information with groups such as the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Operation Blessing, The Southeast Baptist Association and others who have signed confidentiality agreements necessary to access the information released by 2-1-1 callers who need help.


Agency In-Kind Needs and Clothing Donation Sites reported to United Way Agency needs as of 05/02/14:

Arc Gateway located at 3932 N 10th Avenue
Needs: Help is needed to restore the Chapman Group Home damaged by floodwaters. Walmart or Target gift cards are needed for the residents to replace clothing, bedding, etc lost in the flood. *All donations can be sent through PayPal at www.arc-gateway.org or sent to the Arc Gateway Administration Contact: Megan, meganm@arc-gateway.org, 850-450-9704

Ministry Village located at 1830 E Olive Road
Needs: Canned goods and gifts cards in $25.00 increments (Walmart, Target and gas cards)
Contact: Stan Lollar, Executive Director, slollar@ministryvillage.org, 850-475-1106 or Denita Williams, Program Administrator, dwilliams@ministryvillage.org, 850-473-4466

Manna Food Bank
Needs: location to manage storage and distribution of food to area citizens.

Little Flower Catholic Church Clothing Closet, 850-456-6533 Excepting: Clothing. Specifically need large size clothing for men and women.
Open: Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9am – 11:30am Location: Behind Little Flower Catholic Church on Lillian and 65th Ave.

St Joseph Catholic Church Clothing Closet, 850-436-6461 Excepting: All clothing
Open: Tuesday – Thursday, 9:30am – 11:30am. Call First Location: 134 W Government Street

Alpha Center (Maternity, infant and toddler clothing closet), 850-479-4391, Valerie Schumm
Excepting: Children’s clothes up to 5t
Open: Call First
Location: 6004 Pernella Road

Warrington Emergency Aid Clothing Closet, 453-6193 Excepting: All clothing
Open: Monday – Friday, 9am – 12:45pm
Location: 4 West Sunset

ECUA Update for Piedmont Area

The following addresses in the Piedmont Road area now have normal sewer service:

§  2090 Galt Road

§  4160 Piedmont Road

§  4200 Piedmont Road

§  4210 Piedmont Road

§  4209 Piedmont Road

§  4221 Piedmont Road

The following five addresses must continue use of portable bathrooms, showers or wash-stations:

§  2041 Morningside Drive

§  2105 Morningside Drive

§  2080 Semur Road

§  4220 Piedmont Road

*ECUA anticipates that normal sewer service will be returned to these addresses within the next two days.

City of Pensacola
222 West Main Street
Pensacola, FL 32502

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Escambia County Building Official Guidelines for Repairing Flooded Homes

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 4:21pm

Recognizing that many households have been impacted by the recent flooding in Escambia County, the Building Inspections Department has expedited procedures and expanded hours in an effort to assist homeowners in the restoration of power to their home as soon as possible. Each home will require an electrical permit and/or building permit, as well as a rough and final inspection to document the completed repairs and to protect our citizens.

Any receptacles, switches, panels, breakers, service equipment or other electrical equipment submerged must be replaced. Underwriters Laboratories and electrical equipment manufacturers recommend replacing any wire that was submerged. The electrical contractor will be able to determine if the wire is usable and the inspection report will note that choice.  Wire deeply submerged in highly contaminated water must be replaced.

In homes that received more than 30 inches of water, the electrical contractor can remove all devices below that level and remove the branch circuit conductors from the breakers and prepare for sheetrock. Ground fault receptacles (GFR) that are located above the sheetrock work area can remain energized, or the contractor may install GFRs for construction use. After the rough electrical inspection the power can be released allowing construction, drying and air conditioning without requiring a temporary service pole.

Inspections may be scheduled by using our Interactive Voice Response (IVR), 24 hours a day, at (850) 471-6640. For questions or additional information, contact the Building Inspections Department by email at buildinginspections@myescambia.com or call (850) 595-3550.

To verify a contractor’s licensing status contact the Building Inspections Department by email at buildinginspections@myescambia.com  or call (850) 595-3509.  Also, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) can verify licenses at www.myfloridalicense.com or call (850) 487-1395.

Escambia County residents should report suspected unlicensed or unpermitted work by emailing buildinginspections@myescambia.com or by calling (850) 595-3509.

How to Clad Concrete Steps in Stone



In this video, TOH senior technical editor Mark Powers shows how to cover up an ugly concrete stoop with stone veneer and bluestone treads

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Flood Damage Restoration




Why does it take months to recover from flood damage?



Flood damage is detrimental to any type of property, whether it's commercial or domestic. The biggest difference between the two is that flood damage affecting a domestic property means that your family may be disrupted for several months as you will have to live within your home whilst restoration work is carried out.

There are a number of reasons why it takes a number of weeks or potentially months to recover from water or flooding in your home. The biggest reason for the project taking so long is that the internal structures of the property have to be completed dried out to ensure stability and safety of your home moving forward.

Depending on the extent of the damage, it can take several weeks to strip back all furnishings and decorations that have been damaged by water, so that they internal walls, floors and ceilings can all be dried. The drying process ensures that the insides of the house is completely dry, ensuring no secondary damage is conceived post disaster.

Once the house is completely dried inside, restoration works can begin. If a water problem started above ground level, ceilings may need to be realigned, with ceiling boards also requiring replacement in Places. Working from top down, walls may need replace tarring, before paint or wallpapers can be applied. After these stages, carpenters, electricians and decorators will complete all necessary work before your home can get back to normal. Because of the various stages involved in the entire process, recovery can take at least 8 weeks, and depending on how long it takes for furnishings to come through it could even be longer.

To minimize the length of time it takes to recover from a flood damage incident, ensure you enlist a restoration company which can help you with your insurance claim by acting as a management agent. In this capacity they can help to ensure the project stages complete in succession with minimal delays, helping you get back to normal as soon as possible.

There are a number of reasons why it takes a number of weeks or potentially months to recover from water or flooding in your home. The biggest reason for the project taking so long is that the internal structures of the property have to be completed dried out to ensure stability and safety of your home moving forward.

Depending on the extent of the damage, it can take several weeks to strip back all furnishings and decorations that have been damaged by water, so that they internal walls, floors and ceilings can all be dried. The drying process ensures that the insides of the house is completely dry, ensuring no secondary damage is conceived post disaster.

http://www.idealgroupuk.co.uk Ideal Group specializes in flood damage restoration for commercial and domestic properties affected by water through flooding or other types of natural disaster. Flood damage can be detrimental if not resolved immediately.

 By Sanjeev Kumar Bhatia

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Water Damage and EIFS


Synthetic Stucco

Synthetic stucco is quite different from historic stucco.  Historic stucco is basically a plaster made with water, sand and lime.  While the composition of stucco has changed over time, it has always been applied wet over a brick, stone or wood surface to form the visible outside layer of a wall.
Synthetic stucco is foamboard and fiberglass mesh attached to a wall that is covered with a polymer-based material which is then textured to look like historic stucco.  It is technically known as an exterior insulation and finish system, or EIFS.  It has been in use in Europe since the 1950s, and in the U.S. since the late ‘60s.  It is often used on wood-framed houses.  

Why is water damage a concern?

Any building material used on the exterior of residential homes will allow water or water vapor that finds its way inside to eventually escape back to the atmosphere.  EIFS itself, however, blocks the movement of water and water vapor – it does not “breathe.”  This, coupled with interior vapor barriers that are often required by building code, can lead to prolonged moisture intrusion and, eventually, rotting of materials.

Water can find its way inside through any cracks that have developed, or through any areas where the EIFS is jointed with a different material, such as door and window frames, or at the roof.  If the EIFS continues below ground level, any cracks or openings in the finish will allow moisture, as well as wood-destroying organisms, such as termites, inside.  When prolonged moisture intrusion of the wood behind the EIFS reaches 30%, rotting will occur.


Has water damage occurred or is it likely to occur?

A preliminary visual inspection may reveal if water damage is actively occurring, as well as whether it is likely to occur due to improperly installed synthetic stucco. There have been many reported cases of EIFS manufacturer installation instructions not being followed correctly by builders, leading to problems.  It’s a good idea for inspectors to understand some of the methods of installation so that they can check some likely areas of moisture intrusion.

A few places to start visual inspection include:

    ground contact:  EIFS should not continue down a wall into the ground.  It should terminate no less than 6 inches from finished ground level.  The bottom lip of the EIFS should also be properly wrapped and sealed;
    roof flashing:  Kickout flashing should be installed where the EIFS meets the roofline.  If this is missing, there is a good possibility that water is entering the wall cavity.  Check for any areas that feel soft or are discolored;
    joints around windows and doors:  Check caulking joints around windows and doors to make sure that there are no cracks, even small ones.  If wood on window or door frames feels soft, or it is discolored, water may have entered the wall assembly around the frame; and
    areas of cracking or bulging:  If there are cracks in the EIFS itself, moisture will be able to infiltrate the wall assembly and cause rotting.  Bulges can indicate that coatings are delaminating or detaching from the polystyrene board.  These would be causes for concern.

Inspection for Moisture Intrusion
If a visual inspection reveals any evidence of damage, or that the EIFS has been installed incorrectly, further inspection may be in order.  An inspection for moisture intrusion consists of inserting a small probe through the outer wall into the frame area to determine the moisture content of the cavity.  The probe will leave holes about 1/8-inch in diameter, which can be sealed afterward.  The moisture readings can be gathered from typical problem areas, such as around windows and doors, roof eaves, near decks, and so on.  Once a more precise estimate of damage is obtained, options for repair can be evaluated by the homeowner.  These may include anything from additional caulking and sealing to removal and replacement of synthetic stucco sections.  Therefore, it is best to catch any possibility of water damage to EIFS at the earliest stage possible, before any lingering moisture has had time to cause rotting.

by Nick Gromicko and Ethan Ward

From Water Damage and EIFS - InterNACHI http://www.nachi.org/water-damage-eifs.htm#ixzz30VJJjRxc