A dryer, clothing, or a laundry room that smells of mold or mildew can be a sign of poor dryer vent function. If you smell mold or mildew on your clothing, in your dryer, or in your laundry room after running the dryer, it is likely that your dryer vent system is not functioning properly. This type of warning sign typically comes from an obstructed or clogged dryer vent.
Should I be worried if my dryer smells damp? A properly functioning dryer vent system allows moisture to escape the vent, but a clogged dryer vent system blocks the moisture and traps it in the vent, dryer, or laundry room. In damp environments, mold and mildew thrive, and you are left with an unpleasant smell in the area and on your clothing. In order to correct this and prohibit the growth of mold and mildew, the dryer vent system must be cleaned so that moisture can escape.