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Water backup from sewage line

At the north end of our home there is a vertical open-ended pipe. The septic tank sits at the south end of our home and I'm told we have very little slope to the waste line. The problem is when there's too much water usage, the waste water backs up and POURS out of this pipe into our finished basement. We've had the line augered twice. Our best guess is that there's some clogging underneath the disposal.
1) what access do we have to snake from the kitchen sink?
2) why on earth is there an open pipe in a home?!?

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You have to have an aerator pipe or sewer drainage things will siphon lock, you need to raise the height of the pipe, this should remedy your problem,also make sure theres a "P" trap on this stand pipe near the base

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