I recently moved into a studio apartment in a large old apartment building in West Philadelphia. The room seemed okay when the landlord showed it to me, but I guess I should have taken a closer look… after living in it for about a week, I’ve started to notice some things that suggest it hasn’t been well maintained recently (cockroaches, musty smell in the bathroom, rusty refrigerator door hinges, rotting wood inside kitchen cabinets, bathroom floor tiles coming up, frayed ceiling tiles, thick layer of dust in the bathroom fan, and more).
I am especially worried about asbestos and lead paint. There are several areas of the apartment in which I suspect one or the other might be, but I’m most concerned right now about the two cast iron radiators that stand in front of the two windows in the apartment (one in the main room and one in the kitchen). Each radiator is painted or coated with some kind of white substance that is cracking and flaking on the side facing the wall, and, with respect to the one in the main room, on a pipe leading into the floor (see attached pictures). Is the white stuff asbestos, lead paint, or some combination of both? Should I be concerned?
Thanks for the help.