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Crews search for what caused multi-million dollar home in San Francisco to slide

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Work crews are taking over a San Francisco neighborhood, searching for what caused a multi-million dollar dream home to slide away. (KGO-TV)

Work crews are taking over a San Francisco neighborhood, searching for what caused a home to slide away. The dream home was bought for more than $2 million, and the family never even got to move in before this happened. ABC7 News was at the emergency demo last week in San Francisco. And now, real progress is being made to figure out what caused this whole mess.

They're getting closer to the answer of how this all started. They hope drilling on Wednesday will reveal just how much water is underground and how it got there.

It's been nearly a week since Ronald Martell's dream home was demolished. He's confident what caused the sliding hillside.

"The root cause is the water main as it certainly appears to be," he said.

He's just waiting for the confirmation once crews start drilling. They'll insert casings that will act as a well to allow them to pump water out and also determine how much water is underground and at what level the water came in.

"The water unfortunately made its way directly onto my property and then the adjacent properties and the properties downhill," said Martell.

Martell estimates the water main leaked millions of gallons of water. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission shut off the water main on Saturday and since then, Martell says the hillside has been rapidly drying.

"While we lost my home hopefully save other homes around us," he said.

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Neighbors who have been watching this unfold from day one are still puzzled why no one knew there was a problem before.

"Of course it's a surprise, you don't expect this," said one neighbor.

SFPUC tells ABC7 News that if they are responsible, they will take full financial responsibility.

Martell says he's consulted with a team of experts who tell him he'll most likely be able to rebuild his home on this site.

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