Darren Merlob is a contractor who has been a pioneer in the swimming pool industry for more than 20 years. In 1989, starting with just a few pools on a service route in Florida, Darren grew American Pool Resurfacing to become one of the largest, most profitable pool renovation companies in South Florida.
In 2004, frustrated with traditional crack repair methods (epoxy injection, re-bar, etc.), he developed a revolutionary technique for repairing structural cracks using a patented compression staple. The Torque-Lock™ staple is used world wide to repair and stabilize cracks in cement, gunite, shotcrete and concrete.
In 2007, Darren left the family business and moved to Austin, Texas to start Austech Pools, a company specializing in leak detection and repair. In less than 4 years Austech stunned the competition to become the most relied upon leak detection business in the Central Texas area.
While building Austech, Darren became frustrated using traditional leak detection equipment. Traditional equipment was antiquated and unreliable. This problem promoted the development of a new business venture called Leaktronics. LeakTronics equipment is state of the art sonar and video equipment which finally brings leak detection work into the 21st century.
Austech Pools took on Carter Hill as a partner in 2011 and Darren decided to set up shop in California, the swimming pool capital of the world.
Caltech Pools was formed in 2011.
In 2012, Darren introduced PipeFuze. PipeFuze is a pipe injection system designed to repair plumbing lines underground.
One of the Top 50 Award Winners for Most Promising Products in the Pool and Spa News of 2005.
Featured on KXAN News in Austin Texas in July, 2009.
Broward County licensed 1991
Dade County licensed 1994
Florida State license 1998
California State license 2011
Consulted as structural expert in aftermath of Hurricane Wilma in Ft. Lauderdale 2005.
Received a patent pending for Torque Lock.
Consulted on International pool projects in Bilbao Spain, Brisbane Australia, Santiago Chile, San Juan Puerto Rico, Hakone Japan, Grenada, Nassau Bahamas, West Bank Israel, London England, Dublin Ireland.
July 2011 sold Austech Pools
2011 Incorporated and licensed Caltech Pools
Giving back to the Community
Supports St. Judes Childrens Hospital.
Supports local educational programs, EANES ISD.
Helps to raise money for Children in Cardiac Care units