My water pressure measures 80psi. When I shut off the water to the house, it drops to 20 psi. I have had a lot of air in the line since the water company dug up their main line and supposedly fixed some leaks. Would the air in my line explain why my pressure drops from 80 to 20 in about 10 minutes?

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No, if the pressure is 80 when you turn it off then it would stay at 80 even with air in the line.

You have a leak. It could be as simple as a very slow drip at a garden hose faucet or as complicated as a main line leak.

By the way, this is a very common occurrence; faucets/valves generally leak a bit as they get old. If your piping and fittings are sound then there is no acute danger. If you are worried you should carry out an inspection of your piping system and fittings, looking for tell-tale signs like damp spots, water marks, stains, etc. Also, plumbers have leak detection equipment and procedures that may help.

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    Don't forget unobvious water users, like ice makers, when looking for reasons the pressure dropped.
    – Tyson
    Sep 3, 2016 at 0:26
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    And water softeners...
    – Ecnerwal
    Sep 3, 2016 at 1:53

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