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Washer empties and strong putrid/ammonia like smell

You run the washer and when the washer cycle empties, there is a strong smell around the washer/in laundry room. The smell is very strong sort of like an ammonia smell. Clothes from the wash do not smell like this. Also, when the washer empties very slight bubbles appear in the left drain of my kitchen sink. If you run the dishwasher, very slight bubbles also appear in the sink drain. Situation is not washer and dishwasher being run at same time. Could it be related to septic tank. Should we have septic tank pumped. What else needs to be done?

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Most likely you do have drainage problems where it is backing up

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