Solinst® Discrete Interval Sampler Model 425

Discrete Interval Sampling

Discrete interval sampling is ideal for obtaining truly representative water samples from below floating product layers (LNAPL) and for obtaining samples of product itself (LNAPL and DNAPL).

It is also used to profile open bodies of water, open boreholes and screened wells, and to collect samples from distinct levels or points of inflow.

There is negligible disturbance as can be caused by pumping and purging. Mixing of water from different levels in the well is minimized.

Purging and disposal of purged water can be avoided. Sampling directly from a specific depth results in the collection of water which is most representative of the groundwater outside of the well at that depth.

Model 425 Discrete Interval Sampler

The Solinst Model 425 is a stainless steel sampler, with LDPE tubing mounted on the convenient Solinst reel. The reel has a pressure attachment for the high pressure hand pump, and a pressure/vent switch which is used to apply and release the pressure on the sampler. A sample release device is included with each Discrete Interval Sampler.

The sampler is pressurized using a high pressure hand pump before being lowered into the well to prevent water flowing into the sampler on the way down the well. Once the desired depth is reached, the pressure is released and hydrostatic pressure fills the sampler with water directly from the sampling zone. A floating checkball inside the 1.66" sampler prevents water from entering the tubing, thus avoiding the need to decontaminate the tubing.

When the sampler is filled, it can be repressurized and raised to the surface. The sample is decanted using the sample release device, which regulates flow and minimizes degassing of the sample.

The sampler is ideal for groundwater sampling from below an oil/product layer on the surface of the water, as it allows a sample to be obtained which is untouched by the oil. The sampler is easily disassembled for decontamination.

Solinst also manufactures a zero-headspace sampler that can be sealed and transported directly to the laboratory in down-hole condition. The Model 425-T is described overleaf.

Disposable high density polyethylene bailers and stainless steel Point-Source Bailers are also available from Solinst. (See Model 428 & 429 Data Sheets.)

Solinst® Model 425-T

This model is designed to prevent any air contact with the sample all the way to the laboratory, thus retaining all volatiles at down-hole conditions during sampling and during transportation.

The Model 425-T sampler operates in a similar manner to the standard Model 425, but when the sampler is brought under pressure to the surface, the special shut-off valves are closed before the sampler is disconnected from the tubing. Thus air contact with the sample is avoided and the sample is sealed within the sampler with zero headspace, in down-hole condition.

The sampler may then be sent to the laboratory for analysis, without discharging it. The VOCs in the sample will be held in the down-hole state until opened in the laboratory, thus ensuring the highest sample quality at the time of analysis.

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  • Obtaining a representative groundwater sample from below oil/product layers
  • Discrete interval sampling in lakes, rivers and wells
  • Chemical profiling of wells
  • Sampling at points of inflow to well
  • LNAPL and DNAPL sampling


  • High quality samples
  • Sample has not been pumped through tubing
  • No mixing of water from different levels
  • Minimal disturbance of the water
  • Easy disassembly for decontamination
  • Avoids purging and disposal of purge water
  • Easy operation and transportation

Discrete Interval Sampler Model 425

Model 425-T